Hey there, I haven’t seen your name in here for quite a while now.
My rather limited understanding of AFP is that you’re fine. I was told by my GI doc once that if it’s like 500, I have some cancer going on. I do believe that viral hepatitis can cause it to elevate slightly; I wouldn’t worry about it at this point.
I can't tell you about AFP, but tumor markers such as CEA are not useful to diagnose new cancers, but rather are used to flag new tumor activity in a patient who is in remission. I would not be surprised if HCV caused a mild elevation in the level
Like Bill said AFP results are usually in the 100's if cancer is present. If AFP is very high then it is a very good marker for cancer, especially the liver.
I would say you have nothing to worry about with that low #. Best of luck
Yes, I don't think low AFP scores like yours are much to worry about, but do go in for periodic testing/ultrasounds if necessary. My lab says that up to 15ng is acceptable; my AFP ranges from 11 to 22, usually they stay around 15 or 16ng but fluctuate slightly with no rhyme or reason (my dr. thinks it's partially related to my gallstones).
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