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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.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Tumor markers: There are two tumor markers for testicular cancer, beta HCG and Alpha fetoprotein. One or both of these are elevated in the majority of testicular cancers. However these are not general screening tests. All men should do monthly testicular self-examinations.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Usually an adept: Hand examining the scrotum is the beginning, but you are likely referring to Alpha -feto-protein (embryonal and yolk sac tumors) and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) choriocarcinoma, germinoma, and teratoma. Seminoma may not produce either, and never afp. These occur in all ages, but especially young men teens and twenties.

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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.

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