About Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is an aggressive cancer but responds well if diagnosed early. Sadly, only about one-third of ovarian cancers are diagnosed early; many are diagnosed much later and this limits the options for treatment and reduces life expectancy (less than 20% of women diagnosed at a late stage will still be alive 5 years or longer after diagnosis).

Most ovarian cancers – but not all – occur most commonly when women are over the age 65.

Download signs and symptoms guides and trackers here:

  • Your Symptom Diary (a useful symptom tracker to help guide your discussions with your healthcare professional)

Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer

There are two options currently available for ovarian cancer screening:

  • A Blood Test – to measure CA125 levels in the blood (although it is important to know that athough these levels are often raised in early ovarian and some other cancers, they can also be raised in some other benign conditions)
  • A Combined Blood Test and Ultrasound Scan – screening accuracy can be improved by performing a trans-vaginal ultrasound scan to look at the ovaries and then combining this information with the CA125 levels

Our Ovarian Cancer Screening Services

Our recommended service is a combined blood test and ultrasound scan.

We use the ‘ROCA’ blood test, which is routinely intended for:

  • postmenopausal women over 50 years of age
  • women between 35 and 85 years considered high risk due to family history of ovarian or breast cancer
  • women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent with a known family history of ovarian or breast cancer
  • women with a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 or Lynch Syndrome genes.
  • the ROCA blood test is available without a scan if this is the option of choice