Ovarian cancer is the abnormal growth and division of cells in the ovary. The tumour can invade local areas and spread to other areas of the abdomen.
Those with a family history of ovarian cancer and also those with a family history of some other cancers such as breast, bowel and endometrial.
Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose because the ovaries are an inaccessible organ hidden deep within the pelvis and because there are no symptoms until the later stage. At the later stage symptoms include abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea or pain during intercourse.
There are two ways of looking for ovarian cancer:
Whilst neither of these tests alone or together are completely reliable, they can at least go some way to alleviating worry regarding problems with the ovaries, especially if repeated checks are performed for comparison (serial testing).
The findings will be explained to you and you will be referred immediately to one of our specialist gynaecologists depending upon the nature of the cysts. In many circumstances endometriosis cysts can look like early cancers, and it is important to remember that the majority of these cysts will be benign. Nevertheless, it is important to have them