WILLIAM C. TAYLOR, M.D.; THOMAS L. DELBANCO, M.D.
What is the cancer-related health examination, and what are its goals? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which a few months ago released a revised set of recommendations on the content and frequency of the examination (1), it is a set of maneuvers to prevent cancer or detect it early in asymptomatic persons. The ACS report also reviews the principal issues involved in comparing the expected benefits of a detection maneuver to associated risks and costs.
To be considered for inclusion in a program for early detection of disease, a maneuver must be able to detect a problem at
TAYLOR WC, DELBANCO TL. Looking for Early Cancer. Ann Intern Med. ;93:773–775. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-5-773
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(5):773-775.
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