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David Schottenfeld and Joseph F. Fraumeni

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.001.0001

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Principles of Screening

Principles of Screening

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(p.1310) 70 Principles of Screening
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Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
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BERNARD LEVIN

PHILIP C. PROROK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0070

This chapter focuses on cancer screening. Screening for cancer provides an alternative approach to cancer control. Cancer screening is defined as the testing of apparently healthy volunteers from the general population for the purpose of separating them into high and low probabilities of having a given cancer. The validity of a screening test, study designs, biases, potential harms of screening, and case studies are discussed.

Keywords:   cancer screening, cancer prevention, screening tests, epidemiology, volunteers

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