Screening is where a defined population, who do not necessarily perceive they are at risk of a disease or its complications, are asked a question or offered a test to identify those individuals who are more likely to be helped than harmed by further tests or treatment.
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Screening is not recommended for everyone. It involves having a test for cancer when you don't have any symptoms. It's a great way of detecting some cancers early, when there's a much better chance of treatment. It is recommended for specific groups where we know that there is a definite benefit. These are: