Also Known As
CA 125 Tumor Marker, Cancer Antigen 125, Glycoprotein Antigen, Ovarian Cancer Antigen
The Purpose of a CA 125 Test
Cancer antigen 125 (also called CA 125) is often associated with ovarian cancer tumors. While a blood test for CA 125 can’t be used on its own as a screening tool for ovarian cancer for women with low risk for the disease, it can be used to help women with high risk factors, such as a family history or the presence of the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes. It can also help monitor for cancer recurrence in women who have undergone treatment for ovarian cancer or are in remission.
What Does the CA 125 Lab Measure?
The blood test detects the level of CA 125 in your body. High levels can indicate a potential health problem and merit further testing.
Who Should Take a Blood Test for CA 125?
Women may get a CA 125 lab if they have had ovarian cancer or if they are at high risk. Because there isn’t an official screening test for ovarian cancer, your physician may order CA 125 blood work if you have symptoms linked to ovarian cancer, including pelvic pain, bloating, and fatigue.
CA 125 Blood Work Preparation
No special preparation is required for a CA 125 test.
CA 125 Lab Test Results
There are variations in normal CA 125 levels depending on the type of test. However, results over 35 U/mL are considered high. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer; other conditions that can cause high CA 125 levels include uterine fibroids, liver disease, and endometriosis, among others. You’ll want to discuss your results with your physician to map out your next steps. If you need a physician, schedule a telehealth visit with one of our board-certified doctors.
Where Can I Get a Cancer Antigen 125 Test Near Me?
It’s never been easier to take control of your health thanks to Personalabs. We have a large selection of tests to choose from, as well as more than 4,000 labs nationwide where you can get your blood work done. (We’ve partnered with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics, two of the leading lab companies in the United States.)
To get a CA 125 blood test from Personalabs:
Step 1: Just purchase the test at our online store, then download the lab order. (Depending on the state you live in, you won’t need a doctor’s approval prior to buying the test.)
Step 2: Use our lab locator to find the facility closest to you. Contact the lab to make an appointment or see if there is walk-in availability.
Step 3: Get your blood drawn. (Be sure to bring the lab order to your appointment.)
Step 4: You’ll find your test results in your secure, private Personalabs account, usually within 2 to 10 business days. (Contact us if you need us to get a specific turnaround time, as that can vary by location.)
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