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Glossary: alpha-fetoprotein, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

alpha-fetoprotein

(AL-fuh-FEE-toh-PROH-teen)

A protein normally produced by a fetus. AFP levels are usually undetectable in the blood of healthy adult men or women (who are not pregnant). An elevated level of AFP suggests the presence of either a primary liver cancer or germ cell tumor. Also called AFP.

2007-01-18