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Full Blood Count
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What does a full blood count pick up. Can it pick up if you have cancer cells?
Does it tell a lot about the general health of a person.
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pathologist

01 Jan 0001

A full blood count looks at the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. There can be abnormalities of these cells in lots of diseases, so therefore a FBC is not a screening test for general health, but should be interpreted together with clinical findings. It can pick up cancer of the blood (leukemia), but not other cancers.
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