Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)
The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test measures the amount of this Reference protein Opens New Window that may appear in the blood of some people who have certain kinds of cancers, especially large intestine (Reference colon and rectal Opens New Window) cancer. It may also be present in people with cancer of the Reference pancreas Opens New Window, breast, ovary, or lung.
CEA is normally produced during the development of a Reference fetus Opens New Window. The production of CEA stops before birth, and it usually is not present in the blood of healthy adults.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 8, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology