Ovarian Cancer Screening

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with approximately 6,000 cases being diagnosed every year in the UK. Women diagnosed in the early stages have the highest chance of being cured. 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.

Who is at risk?

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.

How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose because the ovaries are an inaccessible organ hidden deep within the pelvis. As there are also no symptoms until the later stage, this makes it increasingly more difficult. At the later stage symptoms include abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea or pain during intercourse.

What is included in the Screening for ovarian cancer?

The tests you can have done at the clinic are:

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).

What happens if an abnormality is found?

The findings will be explained to you by your Consultant Gynaecologist and you may be referred immediately for further treatment 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 checked out.

Who should have ovarian cancer screening?

  • Women with family history of Ovarian Cancer and or related cancers such as breast, bowel and endometrial cancer.
  • Women who have had positive smear and would like to see a specialist Gynaecology Consultant.
  • As there is increasing awareness of ovarian cancer many women simply wish to have the reassurance of having their ovaries checked, especially if they have a friend who has developed the disease.

How Do I Book An Appointment?

At The Surrey Park Clinic we offer urgent appointments for patients who would like to book a last minute appointment with a Consultant Gynaecologist. With appointments available in the evenings and on weekends, the clinic is able to suit your needs.  To book your appointment simply complete the Contact Form below and a member of the team will be in touch within 12 working hours. Alternatively you can call us on 01483 454016.

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