What is Alpha Feteprotein (Tumor Marker) (AFP) test?
Alpha-FetoProtein (AFP) tumor marker test measures the level of AFP in the Blood. If there is an increased level of AFP detected in the blood, it could indicate the presence of cancer. This test is usually used in the detection of liver cancer, cancer of the ovary, or germ cell tumor of the testicles. Elevated levels may sometimes be seen in cancers like stomach, colon, lung, breast, and lymphoma. High levels of AFP are also seen in those with diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.
Why get the Alpha Feteprotein (Tumor Marker) (AFP) test?
The AFP test may be recommended by your doctor to detect/screen for certain cancers. This test may also be ordered to evaluate the progress of treatment. If you are pregnant, your doctor would recommend this test to screen for congenital abnormalities in the fetus. This test is usually ordered in the second trimester of pregnancy, during the 16th - 18th Week.
When to take this test?
AnytimeBased on doctor adviceNo particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.AFP