Can a blood test detect cancer?

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Will early cancer be detected by the results of a general blood test or CBC?
 

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Dan Tobin, M.D. is the CEO of Care Support of America, a national service providing telephonic and local nurse counsel to adult children...
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Blood test detection of cancer is not the best way to go but it is important to determine what you are actually concerned about. Depending on your age , family history and specific symptoms you may have there are more specific ways to look for cancer . Sometimes we can worry ourselves in to a bad situation thinking that we are going to get cancer. It is helpful to talk to a general doctor about what cancer you are trying to detect.
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If the PSA count is low 2.4 and the prostate is removed is there a possibility of cancer having spread already ? he is 61.

 

 
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