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    Product Code: LLyco

    Price: $127.00

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    Test Description


    Lycopene is a fat-soluble carotenoid. It is one of the strongest antioxidants found in the tissues and has been shown to reduce the risks of various cancers, especially prostate cancer. Foods that have the highest levels of lycopene are red tomatoes (NOT the yellow ones), catsup, tomato paste and tomato juice. The incidence of prostate cancer in Italian men (where tomato products are consumed in large amounts), is about 60% less than in the U.S. High levels of lycopene also protect against breast cancer and ovarian cancer. High lycopene concentrations in the serum is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in middle aged and elderly women.

    Test Details

    Process time: 5 to 7 business days

    Process method: The methodology is by HPLC as for the other lipid-soluble vitamins.

    CPT code: 82491

    Special instructions: None

    Rejection causes: Gross Hemolysis

    Collection Instructions

    Patient prep: None

    Specimen volume: 1 mL serum; light protected

    Minimum volume: 0.2 mL

    Collection container: SST or red-stopper tube

    Transport container: Amber plastic transport tube

    Transport instructions: Refrigerate or freeze

    Collection instructions: Click here for PDF


    Normal values: The accepted normal range established in our laboratory is: 13 to 54 ug/dL.


    Reference one: Giovannucci, E. Tomatoes, tomato-based products, lycopene and cancer: review of the epidemiologic literature. J Nat Can Inst, 1999, 91(4):317-331.

    Reference two: Jackson, JA, Riordan, HD, et al. Lycopene: its role in health and disease. J OrthoMol Med, 2000, 15(2):103-105.

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