A 65-year-old female asked:
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High ferritn levels 650+ and I have always had colon issues pre-cancer polyps. Test every 2 years. Can ferritin indicate cancer?

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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
45 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Ferritin: High ferritin can be due to iron overload or any form of chronic or acute inflammation including infections but not usually a marker for malignancy. People who have a genetic disorder leading to excessive iron absorption called Hemochromatosis do have an increased incidence of liver cancer. If this is a possibility you should have further iron tests to rule it out.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020

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