Depending on the type of cancer, there may be an opportunity to accurately test for the disease before symptoms become obvious. This would provide the benefit of additional time to treat the cancer at its current location, before it has the opportunity to metastasize. Some tests involve; taking a blood sample to search for particular tumour markers, using an oral brushing to collect a cell sample and doing a genetic analysis, taking a tissue biopsy. Each of these methods could give early information about the likelihood of a developing disease, and provide additional time to take treatment action.
Cancer screening test
The more time that tumours have to grow without treatment, the more likelythey are to metastasize (spread elsewhere in the body). Therefore, public health agencies encourage people to get early detection and screening done for those cancers that have an accurate test for the biomarker of a disease. For the general population, screening tests for colon, cervical and breast cancer are common. For those individuals at higher risk for nasopharyngeal cancer, the NP ScreenTM genetic test is a 99% accurate method to detect the presence of NPC at its earliest stages. This highly accurate and simple to use cancer screening test is available now for use by at risk-individuals, current patients, family members, and treated patients who need to be vigilant about recurrence of the cancer.