2. Will every person with cancer have a CEA test performed?
No. CEA has a role to play in certain tumors, particularly colon cancer. However, a number of other tumor markers have been developed to monitor cancers from different organs. As an example, breast cancer is usually monitored with a CA 15-3 test or a CA 27.29 test. For some cancers, testing for tumor markers is not done at all.
This article was last reviewed on November 2, 2012. | This article was last modified on November 25, 2013.
The review date indicates when the article was last reviewed from beginning to end to ensure that it reflects the most current science. A review may not require any modifications to the article, so the two dates may not always agree.
The modified date indicates that one or more changes were made to the article. Such changes may or may not result from a full review of the article, so the two dates may not always agree.