This blood test is for carcino embryonic antigen (CEA), a protein which is produced by some types of cancer.
Carcino Embryonic Antigen (CEA) is a type of protein molecule that can be found in many different cells of the body, but is typically associated with certain tumours.
Benign (harmless) and malignant (cancerous) conditions can increase the CEA level.
Increased CEA is is most often related to cancer of the colon and rectum. Others include cancers of the pancreas, stomach, breast, lung, and certain types of thyroid and ovarian cancer.
Benign conditions which can elevate carcino embryonic antigen include smoking, infections, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, and some benign tumours in the same organs in which an elevated carcino embryonic antigen indicates cancer.
Carcino embryonic antigen is not a diagnostic test for cancer as early tumours do not cause significant blood elevations.
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.
As cancer can have many signs or symptoms, we recommend that the tests are carried out in conjunction with one of our Health Checks.
This blood test has been designed to aid the identification of cancer in the bloodstream. It is a prevention test, the result of which does not in any way constitute a medical diagnosis and is not a replacement for recognised routine cancer tests such as mammography, colonoscopy / faecal occult blood testing, PAP smear / bimanual pelvic exam, or any physical examination.
This blood test is for individuals who wish to have an annual check to increase the chance of detecting early cancers, or for people who have a strong family history of cancer and wish to monitor their own health. It is also for people who have been treated for cancer and wish to monitor their condition.
These tests are designed for people who have no symptoms but want to detect cancer early. They can also be useful for those people who have symptoms but should never be a replacement for seeking medical advice.
Carcino embryonic antigen (CEA) is a glycoprotein that is normally found in small amounts in the cells. In cases of cancer, predominantly bowel cancer but also breast, lung, pancreatic and stomach, levels of CEA can be elevated. It is therefore used as a general tumour marker test.
A CEA test is a non-specific test for cancer. An elevated result is not necessarily diagnsotic of cancer (CEA can also be raised for other non-malignant condtions) and neither does it tell you where the cancer is located. However, an elevated result should be investigated, especially if symptoms are present.
Like other tumour marker tests, a change may be more important than the absolute level. It is therefore useful to monitor CEA levels over time.
We will send you your Basic Cancer Test finger-prick blood and sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood and 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.
Your Basic Cancer Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and 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 and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.