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Where do I get a ca-125 blood test if I have no insurance but worry about cancer?

Where do I get a ca-125 blood test if I have no insurance but worry about cancer?

Save your $$: This blood test is useful only in certain situations and is not accurate if you are trying to make a new cancer diagnosis. It can be high even if you don't have cancer, and it can be normal in some situations when you do have cancer. My advice is to save your money, and visit your doctor if you have a specific concern. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Is it possible to have ovarian cancer and have a normal ca 125 blood test?

Is it possible to have ovarian cancer and have a normal ca 125 blood test?

Yes.: Ca125 can vary from person to person and can change under various circumstances not related to cancer. It is more useful as a way to track disease progression or treatment success. ...Read more

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Why is the ca-125 blood test to check for ovarian cancer not part of a woman's checkup?

Why is the ca-125 blood test to check for ovarian cancer not part of a woman's checkup?

Not useful: It is neither sensitive nor specific for ovarian cancer and is not useful as a screening test. If elevated at diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it is useful in following the progress of tumor and response to treatment. ...Read more

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Why is the ca-125 blood test for ovarian cancer not part of a yearly checkup?

Why is the ca-125 blood test for ovarian cancer not part of a yearly checkup?

Not beneficial: The ca125 test is not used for screening for ovarian cancer because it does not work in the general female population. The ca125 can be abnormal in situations without any cancer and most importantly using this test does not save any lives like in the case of maamograms for breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can a woman have a normal ca125 blood test and still have ovarian cancer?

Can a woman have a normal ca125 blood test and still have ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Yes. Only 85% of ovarian cancers have an elevated ca 12 at presentation. Therefore, 15 of every 100 women with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer have a ca 125 within the normal range. Ca 125 is not a diagnostic test. But is used to follow the progress of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Not long ago found out that many times blood test called 'ca125" can tell if you have cancer.is it true?

Not long ago found out that many times blood test called 'ca125" can tell if you have cancer.is it true?

No: Ca 125 is a tumor marker which is frequently associated with ovarian cancer. The " Ca" refers to carbohydrate antigen which has little to do with cancer except when it is known that ovarian cancer is present. At that time the test can be used, for "monitoring" the response to treatment, but not for making the diagnosis. One of the frequent causes of an elevated Ca125 is alcoholic cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Does a ca125 blood test check for cancers other than ovarian cancer?

Yes: There are other cancers that will have a positive ca-125. They include cancer of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus, liver, breast, colon, or lung. Cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity, and cancer of the fallopian tubes or lining of uterus. ...Read more

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Is the blood test called ca 125 to check the uterus for cancer, a good test?

Is the blood test called ca 125 to check the uterus for cancer, a good test?

No: It is not. It is often used as such but: a hint of oca requires careful investigation, often surgery. Ca-125 gives many "false positives" so some surgeries would have been unnecessary. This would be ok with those who had oca, but perhaps not with those who did not. Ca-125 also gives "false negatives". This is worse, as the reassurance was misleading! Pelvic sonography is a better tool. ...Read more

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How accurate is a CA-125 tumor marker blood test for cancer? Thanks for your time

Ca125: Good question. The test is helpful in relation to a woman who has an adnexal mass noted on exam and ultrasound. The test has not been helpful for general screenig. ...Read more

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I have a 2.8cm ovarian cyst. I have the brca1 mutated gene. My ca125 blood test came back normal. Could it still be early stage of ovarian cancer?

Rare: Ovarian cysts are of concern when over 5 cm. If the small cyst is not complex it is usually followed by ultrasound. Ca 125 has no diagnostic implication but is only of value for monitoring. Brca1 suggests the cyts should be followed. ...Read more

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Is fasting necessary before a ca 125 blood test?

Is fasting necessary before a ca 125 blood test?

No: I tis only important to fast when eating can alter a blood test result, which is the case when you check blood sugar and blood fats like cholesterol. ...Read more

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I went to take a ca-125 blood test and the doctors office said it was normal that I had an 8.6, is that actually normal?

I went to take a ca-125 blood test and the doctors office said it was normal that I had an 8.6, is that actually normal?

CA 125 - Why check?: 8.6 sounds like a normal value for the cancer antigen 125 (ca125) laboratory test. However, why did you want to get it? It is not a screening test for ovarian cancer. It is an adjunctive test for measuring tumor response (ie, a tumor marker) for patients with known ovarian cancer. It isn't perfect even when we know someone has ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Is 15 a normal ca-125 blood test?

Is 15 a normal ca-125 blood test?

CA 125: Yes, there are 2 mains ca 125 scales depending on the manufacturer of the test. 1-20 and 1-35. However, ca 125 is not a good screening test just looking for cancer. ...Read more

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What is a good decrease in the ca-125 blood test numbers with chemo?

What is a good decrease in the ca-125 blood test numbers with chemo?

Depends: The Best decrease is to normal values, less than 25. A good respond to chemo basically will show normal values that will stay normal. Any elevation of ca 125 after chemo may signal recurrence. ...Read more

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My ca 125 blood test result slightly elevated, with a different reading 3 times, what could cause this to happen?

My ca 125 blood test result slightly elevated, with a different reading 3 times, what could cause this to happen?

Many causes: The ca-125 blood test is very sensitive-- in many cases it is too sensitive. In certain cases, it can be a marker of certain types of cancer. But in other patients, a modestly elevated ca-125 is not alarming. Visit with your doctor to better understand the details of your case. ...Read more

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I just received my blood test results which showed a ca-125 reading of 35. The blood test results showed hyper chromic microcytic anaemia.

Benign: A Ca 125 of 35 was found to be a useful cutoff point, with 99% of healthy women having values less than 35. Levels above 35 units are certainly seen in healthy women, but beyond the cutoff point of 35, the higher the value, the more likely there is trouble. With ovarian cancer, the levels measure in hundreds. Depends on what you are looking for. Repeat the test. You probably need some iron tabs. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me if a ca125 blood test is high do I need tahbso?

Could you please tell me if a ca125 blood test is high do I need tahbso?

Not always.: If this test is high, it could mean endometrial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. This can also indicate benign conditions, like endometriosis, other ovary disorders, and pregnancy, as well as any inflammatory condition in the abdiminal area. This is a big reason why it is used with other tests in evaluation and to follow treatment response. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose whether someone has PID based on blood test, such as ESR, CRP, and CA125? Do they always rise without exception when someone has PID?

Can you diagnose whether someone has PID based on blood test, such as ESR, CRP, and CA125? Do they always rise without exception when someone has PID?

Need more info: There are no blood tests specific for PID. The diagnosis is base on lab test results, pelvic examination and may be imaging studies. It would be prudent to consult a gynecologist.
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Practice safe sex.
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Complex left pelvic cyst 5cm. Previous hysterectomy ovaries remain. Blood test s oestradiol 2768 pmol/l, ca125 7 iu/l. What are causes, what is treatment

Complex left pelvic cyst 5cm. Previous hysterectomy ovaries remain. Blood test s oestradiol 2768 pmol/l, ca125 7 iu/l. What are causes, what is treatment

More information: Complex cysts in postmenopausal women often need surgical removal. Very specific treatment options in individual cases need to be managed one on one with your and your doctor. There is not enough information to provide a definitive answer. ...Read more

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When your gyn checks you for an ovarian cyst and then asks you to take a blood test for ca-125. Is that a bad sign?

When your gyn checks you for an ovarian cyst and then asks you to take a blood test for ca-125. Is that a bad sign?

CA 125 - Why check?: Cancer antigen 125 (ca-125) is not a screening test for ovarian cancer. It is an adjunctive test for measuring tumor response (ie, a tumor marker) for pts w/ known ovarian cancer. It isn't perfect even when we know someone has ovarian cancer. In the appropriate clinical setting -- eg an abnormal ovary on imaging it might help determine if a mass is benign or malignant, but again is not perfect. ...Read more

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Hot sweats and fatigue 26 year old female could it be a hormone imbalance I have had blood test done ca125 alpha ferritin seeing doctor Friday gynae?

Hot sweats and fatigue 26 year old female could it be a hormone imbalance I have had blood test done ca125 alpha ferritin seeing doctor Friday gynae?

Fatigue, hot sweats.: The doctor is considering abnormal ovaries with possible lesion as well as anemia, Discuss the possibility of thyroid disease, celiac disease, prolactin issues, pregnancy or medication effects. You mention adrenal fatigue has your cortisol level been checked? ...Read more

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19, male having diarrhea right after normal stool, watery, blood test fine, no blood or constipation, can it be colon cancer I'm scared!!!

19, male having diarrhea right after normal stool, watery, blood test fine, no blood or constipation, can it be colon cancer I'm scared!!!

Relax: Colon cancer doesn't behave this way and is very, very rare in 19 year olds. Diarrhea after a normal BM is not unusual and often depends on diet, anxiety, etc. If it persists, see your primary care provider for an evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Male, 21. Er for chest pain. Had ekg, blood test and chest xrays. Everything came out normal. Doubt it's my heart. Are xrays enough to rule out lung cancer?

Male, 21. Er for chest pain. Had ekg, blood test and chest xrays. Everything came out normal. Doubt it's my heart. Are xrays enough to rule out lung cancer?

For you - yes: The incidence of lung cancer for someone 21 years of age is essentially zero. I remember reading somewhere that the risk of a 30 y/o person dying from lung cancer over the next 10 years is 0. Chest xrays are an excellent screening tool. They will miss some small percentage of lesions because of size and/or location. The most important thing you can do is stop or never smoke. ...Read more

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Can cancer show up in a blood test?

Can cancer show up in a blood test?

Rarely: Unless it a blood cancer(leukemia) it is not likely to show up in the blood. Some chemicals produced by cancder (tumor markers) can show up in the blood test and thus can be an indicator for an internal cancer. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Ca125 (Definition)

Ca-125 (cancer antigen 125 or carbohydrate antigen 125) is a biomarker/tumor marker for ovarian cancer (etc); however, it is not sensitive or specific enough to use as a screening test. Also, a uk study showed that treating based on ca125 level did not improve outcomes. "125" comes from the 125th attempt to develop a marker. It was introduced by bast ...Read more


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more