Diagnosing ovarian cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. They will examine you and might refer you for tests or to see a specialist.

You have further tests if you have cancer. These tests are to find out its size and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

Seeing your GP when you have symptoms of ovarian cancer

Get tips to make the most out of your GP appointment.

Referral to a specialist for symptoms of ovarian cancer

Your GP should refer you to a specialist if your symptoms could be due to ovarian cancer. 

Screening for ovarian cancer

There is no national screening programme for ovarian cancer in the UK. This is because there isn't a test that reliably picks up ovarian cancer at an early stage. 

Tests for ovarian cancer

You might have one or more of these tests to help diagnose your cancer, or to find out the size of your cancer and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
03 Dec 2021
Next review due: 
03 Dec 2024
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