Ovarian screening scans can check for any signs of suspicious growths on or around your ovaries. Screening can ensure that you get the treatment you need as soon as possible, if a problem is detected. We recommend this scan for all women who are at higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women, but it is still fairly rare. About 1 in 75 women will develop this cancer at some point in their lives. However, some women are more likely to be affected than others. You should consider having an ovarian screening scan if you are at higher risk.
The main risk factors for ovarian cancer are:
Other less significant risk factors include:
Your risk of ovarian cancer will be reduced if you’ve ever used the contraceptive pill, you’ve had children or you’ve breastfed. It can be difficult to work out your risk of ovarian cancer from all these factors. We can advise you on whether ovarian screening is right for you.
Even if you are not in a higher risk group, you should still be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see your GP or gynaecologist, who may refer you to us for an ovarian screening scan. Although there may be another explanation for your symptoms, it is best to be sure.
The ovarian screening scan is a trans-vaginal ultrasound. A narrow probe will be inserted into your vagina so that the ultrasound waves can be focused on your ovaries. Your doctor may also recommend that you have a blood test alongside the ovarian screening scan as this can help to detect cancer.
The ovarian screening scan can detect potentially cancerous growths. It can’t confirm that a growth is definitely cancer, but it can tell us whether you need further tests.
We can arrange an appointment for you at short notice if you are concerned about ovarian cancer. We have appointments available in the early mornings, evenings and at weekends if you aren’t able to come in during normal working hours.
You will have a chance to talk to your sonographer about the results after the scan. We will also provide a full report that you can share with your GP or other doctors.
If nothing was found but you are at higher risk of ovarian cancer, we may recommend that you come back for another screening scan in the future.
If we do detect a problem, you may need further testing. The scan can’t confirm that you have ovarian cancer, but it can identify abnormalities or growths that could be cancerous. We can refer you on to a specialist to have the diagnosis confirmed and to begin treatment if necessary.
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