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Alpha Feto


A blood test used in the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer of the liver and testes and less commonly, stomach, breast and lung cancer.

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Alpha Feto Protein

About this test

Alpha feto protein (AFP) is the most widely used blood test for liver cancer and is also used in the diagnosis and monitoring of testicular cancer. 

Alpha feto protein is a protein normally made by immature liver cells in the foetus. At birth, infants have relatively high levels of AFP, which fall to normal adult levels by the end of the first year. In addition, pregnant women carrying babies with neural tube defects (abnormal foetal brain or spinal cord development that can be caused by folic acid deficiency during pregnancy) may have high levels of alpha feto protein. Elevated AFP may also be present in non-malignant liver disease such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. 

This test is not recommended as a screening test but rather as a test to monitor an already diagnosed cancer or a recurrence of cancer following treatment. Its use as a screening test is not established. False positives and false negatives may cause undue anxiety or unwarranted reassurance. If you wish to take this test as a screening test please be aware of its limitations. 

Who is this test for?

Cancer screens and cancer tests are for people wanting a routine cancer check maybe because they have a family history of a particular type of cancer or simply for peace of mind.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

This test contains a tumour marker test. Please see your doctor if you are suffering any unusual symptoms which persist - do not use these tests to self-diagnose. Tumour markers are most useful when viewed in conjunction with a clinical examination. Results do not constitute a diagnosis of cancer and markers are often tested to monitor treatment when cancer has already been diagnosed, or to check that it has not returned. Cancer markers can be elevated in benign conditions and results often produce false positives. Sometimes tumour markers can be normal even though cancer is present. Please make sure that you think carefully about the risks and benefits before taking this test.

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Tumour Markers

Alpha Feto Protein is a protein which is made by immature liver cells of the foetus. In adults it is a marker which is primarily used in the detection of liver cancer or cancer of the testes. It can also be raised in cancers of the stomach, bowel, lungs or breast. 

Slighlty elevated levels can be seen in people with liver damage. 

Finger-prick blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Alpha Feto Protein finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.

How to collect a finger-prick blood sample

Postage & packaging

Your Alpha Feto Protein test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Alpha Feto Protein test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with

Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Alpha Feto Protein test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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