I am a healthy 50-year-old female with no significant medical history except cholecystectomy and uterine fibroids in the past. I had got general blood tests, including tumor markers, done. My CEA levels have come out to be in the smoker range though I am a non-smoker, and AFP levels are at the upper limit of the lab range. Kindly advice.
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I can understand your concern.
You should get a positron emission tomography (PET scan) done. It is a specific test for cancer cells. Another option is to repeat carcinoembryonic antigen and alpha-fetoprotein tests after two weeks.
If there is a significant rise, it is alarming and needs further investigations. If reports are almost the same or less, there is nothing to worry about. Then repeat carcinoembryonic antigen and alpha-fetoprotein tests after a month.
Thanks for the response.
Could this range also be suggestive of a pathology? It is within the lab range but near the higher limit of the range. Kindly advice.
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It could be normal also as it is still in a range. It needs regular monitoring. So you can repeat the tests after two weeks and then once in month.
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