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Cea Blood Levels
Possible: Please note that cea is just another tool we have and as such it is not perfect. Many patients have elevated cea and have no cancer and many others have clinical and x-ray evidence of active cancer and yet their cea is normal. Such tumors just don't produce cea and in those cases, the test is useless. No test is infallible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CEA test: Carcinoembryonic antigen test is to detect response to therapy in cancer patients, especially colon cancer, with normal range of less than 2.5 (less than 5 in heavy smokers). Note that a positive test may not always be indicative of cancer. Review with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
Yes: To answer your question simply, yes that is in normal range for cea. However, a normal cea does not mean a person does or does not have a cancer. It does become useful to trend and monitor for recurrence in patients with colon cancer, especially if they previously had an elevated level. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm 33 - smoker - family history of cancer - Had blood test all normal but CEA 5.4 - creatinine 0.6 - monocytes 9% . Could I have cancer?
Why were you tested?: CEA is a poor screening test in people without symptoms or signs of cancer. And reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. This is very slightly above reference range and not uncommon for a smoker. Please try to stop and ask your physician whether chest imaging and/or colonoscopy are in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer