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I went to take a ca-125 blood test and the doctors office said it was normal that I had a 8.6, is that actually normal?
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
For most labs the normal range for a ca-125 is anything less than 30.

In brief: Yes
For most labs the normal range for a ca-125 is anything less than 30.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not a screening test
Yes it is a normal level.
However, ca 125 is a not a sceening test. So, if you dont have an ovarian cancer, i dont think you need to have the ca 125 to be tested. It is mainly used for patients with ovarian cancer to see the response to therapy. Unfortunately there is no good and reliable test or modality( not a cancer marker, not a sonogram, not a ct scan) that we have to screen for ovarian can.

In brief: Not a screening test
Yes it is a normal level.
However, ca 125 is a not a sceening test. So, if you dont have an ovarian cancer, i dont think you need to have the ca 125 to be tested. It is mainly used for patients with ovarian cancer to see the response to therapy. Unfortunately there is no good and reliable test or modality( not a cancer marker, not a sonogram, not a ct scan) that we have to screen for ovarian can.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Different labs have different upper limits of normal, but 8.
6 would be normal for most labs. The ca125 test has many false positives and false negatives, so if you have a pelvic mass or symptoms, don't ignore them just because the ca125 is normal.

In brief: Yes
Different labs have different upper limits of normal, but 8.
6 would be normal for most labs. The ca125 test has many false positives and false negatives, so if you have a pelvic mass or symptoms, don't ignore them just because the ca125 is normal.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ca 125
Yes. That is in the range considered normal.

In brief: Ca 125
Yes. That is in the range considered normal.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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