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Do pathologists automatically screen blood tests for cancer?

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Dr. Peter Sadow
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In brief: Blood tests

Some blood tests are screens for serum markers of malignancy, and some blood tests are to assess the cells of the blood for irregularity (leukemia).
Pathologists interpret these tests. However, if your question means, for example, if you have blood drawn for cholesterol levels, do pathologists also look at that same sample for possible cancer, the answer is no.

In brief: Blood tests

Some blood tests are screens for serum markers of malignancy, and some blood tests are to assess the cells of the blood for irregularity (leukemia).
Pathologists interpret these tests. However, if your question means, for example, if you have blood drawn for cholesterol levels, do pathologists also look at that same sample for possible cancer, the answer is no.
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