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Screening for mesothelioma

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This page tells you about why there is no screening programme for mesothelioma in the UK.

Before screening for any type of cancer can be carried out, doctors must have an accurate test to use that finds the cancer at an early stage when it is most likely to be cured. The test must be reliable in picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give a positive result in people who do not have cancer. 

There is currently no reliable screening test for mesothelioma. The aim of screening is to pick up cancers at an early stage of the disease before symptoms develop. At the moment it can be difficult to diagnose mesothelioma. The usual tests for lung diseases often appear to be negative.

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Updated: 10 November 2015