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How do blood tests help diagnose mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is an uncommon cancer that’s closely linked to exposure to asbestos. Blood tests can check for levels of 3 substances -- fibulib-3, osteopontin, and soluble mesothelin-related peptides – that often are high in people with mesothelioma.

These blood tests can’t confirm that you have the cancer, but the high levels of these substances make mesothelioma more likely.

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

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