Tumour markers

Tumour markers

Tumour markers are substances, usually proteins, that are produced by the body in response to cancer growth or by the cancer tissue itself. Some tumour markers are specific for one type of cancer, while others are seen in several cancer types. Many of the well-known markers are seen in non-cancerous conditions as well as cancer. Consequently, they cannot be used to diagnose cancer.

Read about Tumour markers on the Lab Tests Online AU website.

Last reviewed 11 March 2016