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Hey all. I was watching the news tonight and there was a report the a blood test can detect breast cancer. Not sure if it is or how accurate it is. I am going to try to get some more info. I hope this was the right place to post this.  If not please move to the right place. Thanks and hugs!!! Susan

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As a 11 year cancer survivor.  There has always been lab test to show where the tumor markers are at and what type of cancer.  The type of cancer is usually what gives the doctor a general idea on what area the cancer is in, the the doctor starts to order the CT scan, Xray, mammography.  When I get my labs for my hormone level check.  My doctor also gets the additional labs on my BHCG, LDH which are 2 for checking tumor markers.

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Susan, not necessarily.  It may depend upon the type of cancer as Amy notes.  I had cancer and blood tests did not reveal anything.  It took a biopsy to prove.  My spouse had breast cancer and same here, nothing short of feeling a lump and performing a needle biopsy determined the truth.   There are genetic tests (for BRCA)  that can show if there is a possibility of developing cancer at some point.  

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