Exams and Tests
Some exams and
tests that are done to look for or diagnose ovarian cancer
The United States Preventive
Services Task Force (USPSTF) doesn't recommend routine screening for ovarian cancer.6 There is no proof that having regular tests helps women live longer by finding
ovarian cancer early.
Still, some experts recommend that women who have inherited a
BRCA gene change and have not had their ovaries removed have a transvaginal
ultrasound and a CA-125 blood test at least once a year, starting at age 35.
Women who have inherited a BRCA1 gene change (not a BRCA2 gene change) may want
to start having these tests as early as age 25.7
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
July 6, 2011
©1995-2012, Healthwise, Incorporated, P.O. Box 1989, Boise, ID 83701.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
For more information,
How this information was developed.