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A 37-year-old member asked:

would blood test be able to find testicular cancer before you can feel it?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
It usually does not: Work this way. There is no indication to get these tests unless a mass is suspected, in the testes or a midline abnormality most commonly in a young man. The blood tests, Alpha feto protein and human Chorionic Gonadotropin are indicated to help point the origin of a testis or mediastinal mass. The disease is unusual enough to make these test as routine screening not worthwhile.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Sometimes: Some types of testicular cancers produce substances that circulate in the blood and can be detected with simple blood tests. Not all do, however, and one would usually not do a blood test if there was no mass or abnormality in the testicles.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May be: Some testicular cancers are associated with elevated blood levels of Alpha feto protein and hcg. However, unless one is suspecting testicular cancer, there is no routine reason to do these tests.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What blood test detect testicular cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No single test: There are multiple types of testicular cancer and no single blood test can diagnose the various types. Positive tests for beta HCG and Alpha feto-protein indicate two types of testicular cancers.

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