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Epidemiology and Statistics

  • Nikolaus Becker
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

The concept of screening is that detection of early disease may permit treatment at a more tractable stage and thus improve prospects for survival and prevention of death from the disease (Morrison 1992). In technical terms, it is the periodical routine examination of the general population or large subgroups of it for early asymptomatic disease by application of dedicated screening tests (UICC 1978; Miller 1985).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaus Becker
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  1. 1.Division of Cancer EpidemiologyGerman Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany

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