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Does cancer show up in routine blood tests

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
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
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 28 years experience
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
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
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 & 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
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
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
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
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
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
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
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Thyroid: If you have nodules etc. the lab tests won't tell much and you may need imaging.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Blood test may be: normal. Blood tests usually do not detect cancers. Secondary effects of cancer may show in a blood test, such as anemia. A normal regular blood tests ... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 45 years experience
See below. : IF an elevated PSA is due to prostate cancer, then in the absence of treatment, one would not expect a significant, reproducible decline keeping in mi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Grover
Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Yes it does, but you have to specifically order the correct tumor marker and not all breast cancers have elevated blood levels of tumor markers. This... Read More