The case for early detection.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Nature reviews. Cancer, Volume 3, Issue 4, p.243-52 (2003)

Keywords:

Clinical Trials as Topic, Genetic Markers, Humans, Mass Screening, Neoplasms, Research Design, Survival Analysis, Tumor Markers, Biological, United States

Abstract:

Early detection represents one of the most promising approaches to reducing the growing cancer burden. It already has a key role in the management of cervical and breast cancer, and is likely to become more important in the control of colorectal, prostate and lung cancer. Early-detection research has recently been revitalized by the advent of novel molecular technologies that can identify cellular changes at the level of the genome or proteome, but how can we harness these new technologies to develop effective and practical screening tests?