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does cancer show up in routine blood tests

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: There is no routine blood test that reveals cancer, though suspicion may be raised with certain blood test results. A comprehensive evaluation by a he ... Read More
Dr. Milton Mintz
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No!: See pcp, needs complete wk up!

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
26 years experience Radiation Oncology
It : It depends what kind of cancer. There are some types of cancer that can be detected by special blood tests, although many of these tests can be abnor ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Agree with Dr. S.: You can reduce your risk of cancer by having a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lent ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Depends on type: There are some types of cancer that have specific blood tests that are very good at detecting them. But basic lab tests done for general purposes are ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Levitt
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not all cancers: Most cancers are not detected in the blood initially. There are a few that produce markers that allow us to screen patients for cancer with a blood t ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
NO: Unless you're anemic (low blood count) or have leukemia, basic blood tests won't show cancer. If you have true concerns, perhaps because of family te ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Testicular cancer : Certain testicular tumor release harmone like b-hcg or alph fetoprotein that can be detected by blood work.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Suggestion: Most blood tests and/or medical imaging will only suggest possible cancer. Confirmation is only through tissue analysis/ biopsy/ aspirate, etc. Hope i ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Not very helpful: We don't have reliable blood tests to look for the common cancers. Your best bet is cancer surveillance (in your case, I trust you get pap smears if y ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not common : And I would say non existant, you need to stop worrying and chasing such diagnosis, if you are anxious about it, see a psychiatrist, for own well bein ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Thyroid: If you have nodules etc. the lab tests won't tell much and you may need imaging.
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