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Blood Test Cancer Indicators
My MCH blood test always comes back slightly high is that enough of an indicator along with thickening of the cecum to suspect cancer?
Mean: Corpuscular hemoglobin associates with large cells, and b-12 or folate (folic acid) deficinency. Low MCV (mean corpuscular volume) or microcytosis is associated with iron deficiency, like from blood loss into the cecum. Heavy menses, lack of red meat in diet without supplemental iron. Sounds like you had a ct too. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Only a few cancers: Unfortunately, there are very few cancers that can be detected through blood tests. These include prostate cancer and leukemia. Some other cancers have tumor marker tests, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and others but these are to monitor, not detect the cancer. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Backward: There is no screening test for ovca. However, if you have ovarian cancer, a ca-125 level may or may not be elevated. If it is, it may be one thing monitired for response. Getting ca-125, an expensive blood test of unproven value before knowing you have the cancer is inded backward, costly, non-specific and can led to unnecessary worry. ...Read more
Mostly no: There are no reliable blood markers for cervical cancer. The tumor marker ca125 is often an indicator of ovarian cancer, but it is not very sensitive and not very specific. It is used as a screening test in some circumstances, and to follow the effects of therapy when it has been documented to be high at the start. There are no blood markers that are good for endometrial cancer, either. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Rarely.: Cancer requires a pathologic diagnosis. That means someone has to look at tissue under a microscope to determine if something is cancer. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells, and it can sometimes be diagnosed just by looking at the blood. But other types of cancer require a biopsy of a suspicious lump or mass. Xrays and blood tests can suggest the diagnosis, but only a biopsy can say for sure. ...Read more
Is there a general marker blood test for cancer that can tell if there is any kind of cancer in the body?
Blood test reveals a CEA level of 7.6ug/l. Never had cancer that I know of. I am a smoker 50yrs of age, female?
Don't screen w/CEA: Cea (carcinoembryonic antigen) is not meant to be used as a screening test for cancer as many cancers don't produce it and smoking can raise the value, leading to unwarranted worry and further invasive testing to dispel said worry. Check out http://labtestsonline. Org/understanding/analytes/cea/tab/test for more info, especially it's proper use & role. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if ESR blood test result is very high (for female over 50years is 85))can cause cancer?
Just a number: Sed rate is useful in diagnosing a handful of uncommon diseases and in my opinion is overused. Many older folks have a high sed rate and no explanation is ever found. It's also not something you can treat. I suggest you forget about it and maintain normal vigilance against cancer like any other sensible person. ...Read more
I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Had a blood test and it was negative and my scan turned out negative too. So what is the matter?
Ovarian cancer: More often than not, ovarian cancer does not have symptoms. If your scan and blood tests are negative, obviously one must consider other causes. If you separately list your symptoms here, we might be able to help. Even better might be a consult via HealthTap Prime or Healthtap Concierge. Whatever we can do to help. Good luck. ...Read more
Blood tests cant tell if u have cancer but Can cancer be ruled out from blood test? If your cell counts are normal does that mean you're cancer free?
Would blood tests show cancerous tumors, or even benign one's in the body? OR Would a regular blood test show indications of cancer / a tumor inside?
How is prostte cancer detected? Reglar blood test work? Or it only shows when PSA test is done? Been doing blod work in past showed nothin untl PSA
By PSA: Prostate Ca spans a period of ages where younger asymptomatic patient has a PSA suggesting malignancy. It is about 50% accurate and requires physical and bx if lesion detected. In older patient symptoms of urinary obstruction from enlarged prostate leads to exam and bx of detected nodular growth. Bx required to confirm dx. ...Read more
No.: There is no one blood test that screens for all cancers. There are specific tests that can be used to monitor disease status in particular diagnoses such as psa for prostate cancer, ca125 for ovarian cancer or CEA for colon cancer, but these tests are not so good for screening a general population. The concern with them is either lack of specificty or detection of lesions that are not risky. ...Read more
Cancer screening: There are blood tests that can screen for certain types of cancer, but they do not necessarily prove that there is cancer, even if abnormal. You should discuss your concerns with your family physician to see IF there is a particular test that you might benefit from having done. There is no value in doing a routine series of tests if there is no indication that they are needed. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, but it is not that straightforward. It is most appropriately used when you know somebody has cancer, the cancer has been treated, and you are looking for regrowth of the cancer. Using the tests any other way can be very misleading. It also depends on what kind of cancer you have (ldh, afp, thyroglobulin, cea, ca19-9, ca 125, and chromogranin are all examples). ...Read more
How would you know if you have cancer? Is there any signs? Would a blood test show if you hsve cancer?
Cancer is not one disease, but there are multiple types of cancers that affect multiple organs. There is no blood test for a generic diagnosis of cancer. The signs and symptoms of different cancers vary and there is no pathognomnic sign or symptom either.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Maybe not: There is no standard "complete patient profile blood test" in the U.S., so what is tested for depends on what a doctor is looking for. A blood chemistry test such as a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel looks at 14-17 items, but isn't looking for cancer. It will, however, detect some side effects of having a widespread cancer problem. Cancers come in all sizes and many types, but need specific testing. ...Read more