What is a CEA test?
CEA test or Carcinoembryonic antigen test is a protein that is present in a developing baby's tissues. After delivery, CEA levels often drop drastically or decrease entirely. Very little or no CEA should be present in the bodies of healthy persons.
The level of CEA in the blood and other bodily fluids is determined by this test. CEA is one kind of tumor marker.
Certain forms of malignancies may manifest as elevated CEA levels. These might include liver, lung, thyroid, ovary, prostate, colon, and rectum malignancies. A number of non-cancerous diseases, including cirrhosis, non-cancerous breast disease, and emphysema, can also be indicated by high CEA levels.
A CEA test cannot diagnose cancer or even determine whether you have it. Therefore, the test is not utilised for cancer diagnosis or screening. However, if you've already received a cancer diagnosis, a CEA test can assist in tracking the success of your therapy and determine whether the illness has spread to other regions of your body.
Other names: Other names of this test are CEA assay, CEA blood test, carcinoembryonic antigen test