Ovarian Cancer Screening

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with approximately 6,000 cancers diagnosed every year in the UK. Women diagnosed in the early stages have the highest chance of being cured. At The Surrey Park Clinic we can offer urgent appointments for screening or patients that have had a negative smear or would like to see a specialist. Call us today to book your appointment on 01483 454016.

What is ovarian cancer?

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 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.

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 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 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.
  • 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.