Medical researchers have identified more than a dozen substances that, when at abnormal levels, can indicate cancer. Tumor markers are measurable biochemicals that are typically associated with a “bad” or cancerous tumor (malignancy). They are either produced by tumor cells or by the body in response to tumor cells.
The Cancer Screen and Tumor Marker Panel (Male) from ON DEMAND MEDICAL TESTING screens for several types of cancers that affect men.
While scientists have not discovered markers for every type of cancer, this panel will evaluates the levels of common tumor markers related to cancers such as liver, lung, testicular, prostate, stomach, gastrointestinal, and pancreatic.
Among several tests included in this Value Panel, the Cancer Screen and Tumor Marker Panel include the Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) Test. This measures the amount of this protein in your blood that may be present in people with cancer. CEA is normally produced during the development of a fetus and stops before birth (it is not present in the blood of healthy adults.)
It also includes the Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) Test that can determine if you have a protein that can lead to liver cancer.
Beta2-Microglobulin is a protein found on the surface of many cells in your body. This test can help determine if you have specific types of cancer affecting white blood cells including chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and multiple myeloma or kidney disease.
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.
The BMR Calculator will calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR); the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day.
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