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CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen)

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Tumor marker, CEA: Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a protein associated with certain kinds of cancers, especially colon and rectal cancer. Elevated CEA levels are also found with a variety of cancers other than that of the large intestine, including pancreatic, gastric, lung, ovary, and breast.

The CEA test can be used as a general indicator of such cancers and CEA levels are often used to monitor the disease progress and response to treatment.

CEA is normally produced during the stages of fetal development. The production of CEA generally stops before a child is born, and CEA is not present in most healthy adults. However, elevated levels of CEA may occasionally be detected in benign conditions such as cirrhosis, chronic lung disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and pancreatitis.

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Virginia (Maine) 3/9/2010 2:19 PM
Because I am a smoker but don't tell my doctor I have the CEA test done every year.