Detection--The discovery of an abnormality in an asymptomatic or symptomatic person. "Early Detection" is the discovery of an abnormality by health professionals through a special effort designed to screen for asymptomatic disease, or by people themselves who have been made alert to the existence of signs or symptoms.

Diagnosis--The process of identifying a disease by its characteristic signs, symptoms and laboratory findings. In patients with cancer, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the chance for cure.

Digital Rectal Exam--A procedure in which the physician inserts a finger into the rectum to examine this area (as well as the prostate gland in men) for signs of cancer.

DNA--One of two nucleic acids (the other is RNA) found in the nucleus of all cells. DNA contains genetic information on cell growth, division and function.


Annual Health Insurance Education Webinar Series
by OncoLink Editorial Team
October 29, 2015