Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer
If you're at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer, it's important to monitor your health.
Even though you may not be experiencing symptoms, screening tests can detect early stage signs of ovarian cancer. And, the sooner you're diagnosed and treated, the better your chance for recovery.
Ovarian cancer screening tests may include:
Pelvic Exam by Your PCP or Gynecologist
An examination of the vagina, rectum, and lower abdomen can determine if detectable masses or growths are present.
Experts at the High-Risk Ovarian Cancer Program work with your physicians to better determine your risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Transvaginal Ultrasound (Sonography)
An ultrasound of the vagina uses high-frequency sound waves to:
- Capture images of internal reproductive organs and tissues
- Produce real-time pictures of tumors
Researchers are currently studying the use of transvaginal ultrasound as a screening tool for early ovarian cancer detection.
CA125 Serum Tumor Marker
A blood test that measures levels of CA125 — a protein that's found in greater concentration in tumor cells, particularly ovarian cancer cells.
It's currently identified in high-risk patients to determine if ovarian cancer cells may be present.