Screening for cancer. Is it useful ?
Screening is a diagnostic activity applied to whole populations, or defined sections of populations, with the aim to detect the signs of disease before there are symptoms.
The rationale of screening is the assumption that disease detected early is likely to be curable.
When setting up a screening programme, the epidemiology and the natural history of the condition to be screened for, the sensitivity and specificity of the screening method, its acceptability, its dangers and its costs need to be taken into account.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Dépistage, Indication, Homme, Kenya, Afrique, Coût
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Medical screening, Indication, Human, Kenya, Africa, Costs
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0669987
Code Inist : 002B04B. Création : 09/06/1995.