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Can a positive ANA mean cancer in the blood?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: No

A low-titer ANA usually means nothing.
A higher titer is helpful in confirming the diagnosis of several common diseases including lupus and type i autoimmune hepatitis, but is not a cancer screen.

In brief: No

A low-titer ANA usually means nothing.
A higher titer is helpful in confirming the diagnosis of several common diseases including lupus and type i autoimmune hepatitis, but is not a cancer screen.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Unlikely

ANA is an inflammatory marker for several things such as rheumatologic diseases (e.
g. Lupus) and other chronic illnesses. By itself, it is not a marker for cancer. Cancer cannot be diagnosed from ana. Depending on your symptoms and other blood/diagnostic tests, the ANA could also be increased in the case of cancer but most likely independent of cancer.

In brief: Unlikely

ANA is an inflammatory marker for several things such as rheumatologic diseases (e.
g. Lupus) and other chronic illnesses. By itself, it is not a marker for cancer. Cancer cannot be diagnosed from ana. Depending on your symptoms and other blood/diagnostic tests, the ANA could also be increased in the case of cancer but most likely independent of cancer.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: ANA positive

Positive ANA means that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissues, hence autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
It can also be positive in healthy people, though. Discuss with your doctor.

In brief: ANA positive

Positive ANA means that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissues, hence autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
It can also be positive in healthy people, though. Discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Alan Ali
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