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Serum, NA, Fasting or Non Fasting: As suggested by doctor

sample requiredSample Required: 

The test requires a blood sample.

test timeTest Time: 

Test results are typically available within a few hours to a day.

test normal rangeTest Normal Range: 

The normal range for CA-72-4 levels can vary depending on the laboratory’s reference values.

what is the testWhat is the Test? 

The CA-72-4 test measures the level of a protein called cancer antigen 72-4 (CA-72-4) in the blood. Elevated levels of CA-72-4 can be associated with certain types of cancer, including gastrointestinal, ovarian, and breast cancers.

test procedureTest Procedure:

Blood Collection: A blood sample is drawn from a vein, usually from the arm. Laboratory Analysis: The blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis to measure the level of CA-72-4.

when to take the testWhen to Take the Test: 

This test may be recommended for individuals who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, especially to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and detect potential recurrence.

who should take this testWho Should Take This Test:

Individuals with a history of gastrointestinal, ovarian, or breast cancer. Individuals undergoing treatment for these types of cancer. Individuals with symptoms that could suggest cancer recurrence

precautions for exceptional casesPrecautions for Exceptional Cases (Pregnancy etc.): 

Pregnant individuals should inform their healthcare provider about their pregnancy status before taking the test, as pregnancy can affect test results.



Q1: Can the CA-72-4 test detect cancer in its early stages?

A: The CA-72-4 test is not typically used for early cancer detection. It is more commonly used to monitor the progress of treatment in individuals who have already been diagnosed with certain types of cancer.

Q2: Can non-cancerous conditions also cause elevated CA-72-4 levels?

A: Yes, certain non-cancerous conditions and inflammatory processes can lead to elevated CA-72-4 levels, so the test results must be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical findings.

Q3: Can a normal CA-72-4 level rule out cancer?

A: No, a normal CA-72-4 level does not definitively rule out cancer. The test is used as a tool in conjunction with other diagnostic methods and medical evaluations.

Q4: Is the CA-72-4 test only for women?

A: No, both men and women can undergo the CA-72-4 test if they have a history of the specific types of cancer associated with elevated CA-72-4 levels.

Q5: Are there any dietary restrictions before taking the CA-72-4 test?

A: Generally, no specific dietary restrictions are required before taking the CA-72-4 test. However, it’s advisable to follow any instructions given by your healthcare provider before the test.

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