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How is a blood test used to detect hepatocellular carcinoma?

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Your doctor may use a blood test to help diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma. Your doctor takes a sample of your blood and checks to see if it has a protein called AFP. Unborn babies have high levels of AFP, but it decreases in most people right after birth. If your blood has a high amount of AFP, it could be a sign of liver cancer.

From: Hepatocellular Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

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