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screening (SKREE-ning)

Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Since screening may find diseases at an
early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening
tests are the mammogram (breast), colonoscopy (colon), and the Pap test and HPV test (cervix).
Screening can also include checking for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease by
doing a genetic test.

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