Slightly elevated CEA
Hello, I am new to this group. Back in 2009, I had stage 3 melanoma with a 2% penetration into one lymph node. Had a lymphedectomy(?) to remove more and search for cancer. All negative. Fast forward to now. … I continue to visit my dermatologist every 4-6 months, no additional melanoma has been found.in 11 years. I recently had a blood test for a life insurance company to see if I would qualify for coverage. I also had routine colonoscopies when I turned 50(completely clear) and 60( removed benign polups. I am 62. My CEA number from the recent blood test showed my CEA to be 4.9(which the company puts an average range of 0.2.5 or up to 3.0. I am very scared that I may have cancer somewhere in my body I am not aware of. All of my other blood and urine numbers came out within a normal range. I feel fine, exercising, not losing weight……….I made an appointment to see my GP this coming week to share these results. What questions or next steps would be reasonable to ask her? I am scared that a "wait and see" approach and re-test might show a skyrocketing increase in the number and that I should have done something when the number was only "slightly elevated". Thoughts? I am aware(via reading others' posts that in the scheme of things, my CEA number is not a huge "red flag or alarm" but it is to me.