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Principles of Screening

BERNARD LEVIN and PHILIP C. PROROK

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0070
Principles of Screening

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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

Chapter.  10245 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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