At a glance
For a more comprehensive ovarian cancer screening and consultation by an expert please contact The Ovarian Cancer Screening Centre. Your scan will still be performed at The London Ultrasound Centre.
Our screening for ovarian cancer combines a meticulous ultrasound examination combined with the latest blood test(s) to provide an accurate result within 7 days.
- Emergency appointments
- Thorough examination of the pelvis including ovaries
- No GP referral required
- Weekday, Thursday evening or Saturday clinics
- Convenient central London location
- All results reviewed by an expert from The Ovarian Cancer Screening Centre
You will receive
- Ultrasound results on the day
- Blood test results within 7 working days
What happens with your results?
The results from your ultrasound examination, including a detailed report, will be available on the day. We will call you with the results from you blood tests, which may take up to 7 working days.
What is it?
Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common women’s cancer, and is caused by the abnormal growth and division of cells in the ovary. But, if diagnosed early, treatment can be very successful.
At the London Ultrasound Centre we offer a meticulous ultrasound examination, combined with the latest blood test(s) to provide the most accurate method of ovarian cancer screening that is currently available.
Am I at risk?
Do you fall into either of these two categories?
Higher risk factors
If you’re over 50, have a family history of ovarian cancer or related cancers such as breast, bowel and endometrial cancer.
Lower risk factors
If you’re on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), have endometriosis, or ovarian cysts, or are overweight or smoke.
What should I look out for?
Your GP or gynaecologist may refer you for an ovarian cancer screening if you are showing these three main symptoms:
- Persistent pain in the pelvis and abdomen
- Regular bloating or increased abdominal size
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
It is unlikely that you have the disease unless you are experiencing these symptoms on most days. However, not all patients show these signs.
How often will I need to be screened?
The scan is performed internally by using a thin probe inserted into the vagina. The pelvic organs are thoroughly examined with special attention given to the ovaries where the clinician will look for specific markers.
To help improve the accuracy of the screening one or two blood tests are performed. CA125 is the best and most widely used blood test for ovarian cancer screening, All patients will be offered this test.
HE4 is a new ovarian blood test that significantly raises detection rates of the disease if you are exhibiting symptoms. The cost of screening will be slightly higher if this test is required due to additional laboratory fees.
Reporting your risk
When the CA125 and HE4 are performed in combination the results are reported as ROMA – Risk of Ovarian Malignancy Algorithm – and you will be classed as either having a high risk or low risk.
Results will be available during your appointment. A comprehensive report will be prepared for your GP or gynaecologist and one for yourself.
These results can take up to 7 working days. We will call you with the results and send you a hard copy of the report.
A positive result
If your result indicates a positive screening for ovarian cancer it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the disease – only that you have a high risk factor. A diagnosis can only be confirmed through additional tests.
If you have come to us simply for a screening and receive a positive result we can refer you to one of the experts at The Ovarian Cancer Screening Centre to discuss your results and further treatment if necessary.