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does a high level of afp in blood mean cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not necessarily: AFP is elevated in a number of liver disorders that are not cancers. It is also elevated in a woman carrying a fetus with open neural tube defect. AFP is elevated in some cancers of liver, testes and ovary.

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