How to Diagnose Cancer

Friday, 03 Jun 2011 11:28 AM

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Diagnosing cancer is not as difficult today as it was a decade ago, thanks to many medical advances. Unfortunately, no single test can diagnose the exact type of cancer one may have. It is advisable to get a complete medical check up done every year after the age of 30. A few necessary steps for diagnosing cancer include:

• A full physical examination, with medical history evaluation. Ensure that you let the doctor know if you have had any surgeries or injuries in the past, about any sudden unhealthy changes you have noticed – such as low-grade fevers, sudden weight losses, loss of appetite, and persistent health problems like coughs, etc. These could help in diagnosing premature signs of cancers.

Physical tests are essential for diagnosing cancer. Some of the following tests are generally recommended according to the person’s medical history:
• Complete blood tests
• Bone marrow aspiration tests
• Spinal taps
• Lymphangiograms
• Ultrasounds
• Biopsies of suspicious lumps
• Bone scans
• X-rays
• Exploratory surgery if there is a failure to diagnose suspicious areas with an ordinary test

That means, if you are a smoker, the doctor will recommend a chest X-ray for diagnosing lung cancer. But the exact tests will depend on your medical and family history. If you are diagnosed with cancer at an early stage, rest assured that medical advances have equipped doctors to treat most cancers.

For more information on cancer diagnosis, see below:

Signs of Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer: Top 5 Symptoms

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Breast Cancer: Warning Signs

Breast Cancer: Top 5 Symptoms

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