How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer your GP will arrange a number of tests. 

These will include a:

If these tests suggest that you may have ovarian cancer then further tests will need to be conducted to confirm that this is the case.

You can download our leaflet about diagnosing ovarian cancer.

Screening for ovarian cancer

There is currently no national screening programme for ovarian cancer. Despite extensive research no tests have been found that can give accurate enough results.

It's important to remember that cervical screening does not screen for ovarian cancer, only cervical cancer.

A number of unapproved ‘screening tests’ for ovarian cancer are available to purchase, but these are not part of any national screening programme. There is a high possibility they will give an inaccurate or unreliable result, potentially leading to further unnecessary tests or even surgery.