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Early detection

9 out of 10 people with some types of cancer can be cured - if the tumor is detected at an early stage. This is why early detection is so important. In this section you can find out in brief for which types of cancer early detection examinations are possible and what you can do yourself for the early detection of cancer.

Breast cancer

Early breast cancer detection by mammograms is recommended for women aged 50 and over. Seek medical advice if, for example, you have a family history of breast cancer.

Colorectal cancer

There are two methods for the early detection of colorectal cancer recommended from the age of 50: the stool-based tests, in which the stool (feces) is examined for invisible blood, or colonoscopy, in which the colon and rectum are examined with a scope and tiny video camera for tumors or their precursors (polyps).

Cervical cancer

Preliminary stages of cervical cancer can be easily detected by a cancer smear test (Pap test) every three years.

Skin cancer

If you have an increased risk of skin cancer, for example because you have a light skin type or many moles, contact your doctor to discuss the need for regular skin checks.

Prostate cancer

The systematic early detection of prostate cancer by palpation of the prostate and the determination of the PSA value in the blood are controversially discussed. If you have relatives who have prostate cancer or are unsure, talk to your doctor about your individual advantages and disadvantages of screening.

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