Screening for Ovarian Cancer
Screening is done to find a problem and treat it early. Tests are given to people who do not have symptoms but who may be at high risk.
Screening for ovarian cancer is not routinely advised. Diagnosis of early stage ovarian cancer is difficult. Those at higher risk of ovarian cancer may have certain tests. This includes women with a family history of ovarian cancer. It also includes women with certain gene changes.
Possible tests for those at high risk may be:
- Pelvic exam
- CA-125 blood test
- Transvaginal ultrasound
The doctor will advise tests based on risk.
- Can ovarian cancer be found early? American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html. Accessed March 29, 2022.
- Henderson JT, Webber EM, et al. Screening for ovarian cancer: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018;319(6):595-606.
- Ovarian cancer screening. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/prevention/ovarian-cancer-screening. Accessed March 29, 2022.
- Nicole Meregian, PA
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