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Understanding CA-125 Test Results

Published on, 22 July, 2023. Answered by Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

 

My friend recently had a CA-125 test, and I am trying to understand the results better. Could you please explain what the CA-125 test is, what the results indicate, and whether there is any cause for concern based on the values obtained? Thank you for your help in clarifying this matter.

 

Answered by Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.

 

CA125, also known as cancer antigen 125, is a protein found on the surface of many ovarian cancer cells. It serves as a tumor marker, measurable in blood samples to aid in ovarian cancer detection and monitoring. Elevated CA125 levels can occur in conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, or during the menstrual cycle. However, a high CA125 level does not necessarily indicate cancer, as other factors can cause the rise. It is vital to consult a healthcare professional for concerns regarding CA125 levels.

 

Thanks

 


About Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy

Dr. Shoroq Elbeshbeshy

Obstetrician and Gynecologist


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