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 exam.
CA 19-9 (Pancreatic/Gut Antigen 19-9) is a tumour marker test which is mainly used as a marker for pancreatic cancer and gastric cancer but can be raised in other cancers such as ovarian cancer and liver cancer. Tumour markers can also be raised in benign (non-cancerous) conditions so it is important to look at them in-line with any clinical symptoms.
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 Oesophagus Cancer Screen blood and test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Oesophagus Cancer Screen 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.