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Ovarian Cancer Screening
For women at any time. £209
If you are concerned that you may have Ovarian cancer, we can perform an internal ultrasound scan of your reproductive organs and take a sample of blood which will be tested for both HE4 and CA125. The results will then be relayed to you within 3 working days.
For details about ovarian cancer and the symptoms to look out for can be found on the NHS website
Studies have shown that there are symptoms that appear in the early stages of the disease. Diagnosis of these symptoms in the early stages increases the probability of survival to 90-95%. Currently, less than 20% of cases are diagnosed in the early stages, and the 5-year survival rate is 20% to 30% when diagnosed at stage III or IV.
Symptoms to look out for are:
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
- Needing to wee more urgently or often than usual
Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue (feeling very tired) or unexplained weight loss. Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be investigated.
At the moment, there is no screening test reliable enough to consistently pick up ovarian cancer at an early stage. But the 3 main tests currently used to give an indication of the presence of Ovarian Cancer are:
- Ultrasound examination of the ovaries and reproductive organs
- CA125 blood test
- HE4 blood test
HE4 is a new biomarker that has recently been found to be increased in women with ovarian cancer.