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Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer: Types of Screening Tests

Information about cancer screening and the types of tests used to find cancer.

On this page:

Imaging Tests

  • Mammograms

    A fact sheet that defines screening and diagnostic mammograms and outlines mammography screening guidelines. Discusses the benefits and some potential limitations of screening mammograms.

  • Find an FDA Certified Mammography Facility

    Find an FDA certified mammography facility near where you live or work.

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scans and Cancer

    A fact sheet that describes the CT scan procedure and technology and its uses in diagnosis, screening, and treatment.

Laboratory Tests

  • Understanding Laboratory Tests

    A fact sheet that describes the role of screening and diagnostic laboratory tests. Includes a list of the common tests used in cancer medicine and a brief discussion of how to interpret test results.

  • Pap and HPV Testing

    A fact sheet that describes cervical cancer screening, which includes the Pap test and HPV testing. The fact sheet includes information about cervical cancer screening guidelines.

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

    A fact sheet that describes the PSA screening test for prostate cancer and explains the benefits and limitations of the test.