That cancer is a death sentence is a myth though many people tend to think it's true. The truth is that cancer is usually detected at a stage when it is not treatable anymore. This is why regular health checkups and screenings are necessary for the diagnosis of cancer at the right stage so that it becomes possible to cure.
In which one these procedures does a computer take detailed pictures of organs?
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An X-ray machine is linked to a computer and it takes a series of detailed pictures of the organs. A contrast material is provided to highlight certain areas of the body and it makes the scans easier to read. It is one of the most effective methods to detect cancerous cells.
Lab tests of blood, urine and other body fluids can detect cancer.
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Presence of certain substances in high or low levels can help doctors do a diagnosis. However, one cannot be absolutely sure of the presence of cancerous cells in the body only through lab tests. Lab tests detect cancer but to provide more proof, other methods of diagnosis should also be done along with lab tests.
Which one of these is used in a biopsy?
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An endoscope is a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the body through a natural opening like a mouth. The doctor then uses a special tool to extract tissue or cells through the tube.
Surgery will cause cancer to spread.
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Unfortunately, this myth is so prevalent that many people decide to not go under the knife and deprive himself/herself of life-saving treatment. Surgery is a very intricate procedure and a surgeon is specially trained to perform such tasks where the margin of error is zero. It is not a layman but an individual with special training in that category who is going to operate so it is usually highly unlikely for surgery to go wrong.