AFP - Liver Cancer Marker

AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) is a protein made in the liver of a developing baby. AFP levels are usually high when a baby is born, but fall to very low levels by the age of 1. Healthy adults should have very low levels of AFP. High levels of AFP can be a sign of liver cancer or cancer of the ovaries or testicles, as well as noncancerous liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.

Symptoms of liver cancer

  • Losing weight without trying
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • General weakness & fatigue
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Jaundice
  • White, chalky stools

Prevention

  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis B
  • Take measures to prevent hepatitis C
  • Seek treatment for hepatitis B or C infection

 

The normal ranges: < 11 ug/L
*Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different labs. Some labs use different measurements or may test different specimens. Talk to your provider about your test results.