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can a cbc detect cancer

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Anemia may warn of colon or stomach cancer. Leukemia will show up on a CBC but otherwise CBC is not a cancer screen.

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Can happen: A patient may have active cancer and yet still have normal blood counts.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: This is simply not a screen for cancer. I'm sorry anyone may have led you to believe otherwise.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Usually not: Especially, most early easy-to-treat cancers do not affect the routine labs.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: Defining all the components of the blood system circulating in the host is incapable of defining malignant disease other than for the tumors of the WB ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience Pathology
Complete blood count: CBC = complete blood count. The test looks at your red cells, white cells and platelets only. It can show if you have abnormalities in these particu ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: A normal CBC and ESR do not tell you that you don't have cancer. Cancer can present in many ways. The blood tests that you mention are, in themselves, ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Murdock
52 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: A CBC might be completely normal, other test need to be done.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
No.: The CBC or complete blood count is not a test for cancer. Certain cancers of the blood, like leukemias, can be detected by elevations in the number an ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Not always,...: ..My friend. Depends a lot on the kind and the stage. You are very young and, with exceptions, cancer is not common at your age. Why are you so conce ... Read More

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