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Can a blood test detect cancer?

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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
20 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Not really.: The only blood test that indicates cancer is psa for men with prostate cancer. Unfortunately, we don't have any 'blood cancer test'. This might be available in the future.
Answered on Jan 6, 2020

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