How is Cancer diagnosed?
If cancer is suspected from your symptoms:
-Your doctor will examine you to look for abnormalities such as a lump under the skin or an enlarged liver.
-You may be referred for tests such as X-rays, scan, blood tests, endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, etc depending on where the suspected cancer is situated. These tests can often find the exact site of a suspected cancer. However, a biopsy** is often needed to be certain that the abnormality is a cancer and not something else (such as a benign tumour).
** What is a Biopsy?
This is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. It is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells.