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We understand that women’s health is of utmost importance, which is why we offer top-notch private gynaecological services in London. One of our key offerings is ovarian cancer screening, which is crucial for women’s health. It is an adverse health condition affecting thousands of women each year.
It is often referred to as a “silent killer” because symptoms are not present until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage. However, early detection can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment and recovery. We deliver comprehensive screening to detect potential issues early and employ state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques.
We provide women with the most advanced and effective ovarian cancer screening options. Our private GP services offer a variety of screening options:
A transvaginal ultrasound is a non-invasive screening test that uses sound waves to create images of the ovaries and surrounding tissues. Our healthcare providers insert a wand-like device called a transducer into the vagina, emitting sound waves that bounce off the ovaries and surrounding tissues.
A pelvic exam is a physical examination of reproductive organs, which include the ovaries, uterus, cervix, and vagina. During the exam, the healthcare provider will visually inspect the external genitalia before inserting two gloved fingers into the vagina to feel for lumps, cysts, or abnormalities.
We use blood tests to screen for ovarian cancer by measuring the levels of certain substances, such as cancer antigen 125 (CA-125), produced by ovarian cancer cells.
Before your screening, you need to schedule an appointment with your gynaecologist. You should avoid sexual activity and refrain from using tampons or douches for at least 24 hours before the exam. Avoid scheduling your screening during your period. That can interfere with the accuracy of the screening.
Some women may experience discomfort during the transvaginal ultrasound. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce this discomfort:
Take slow, deep breaths and try to relax your muscles. Tensing up can make the exam more uncomfortable.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, let your gynaecologist know. They can adjust the wand or technique to make the exam more comfortable.
Schedule your appointment when you are least likely to feel discomfort, such as mid-cycle when the cervix is more open.
We recommend ovarian cancer screening for women having a high risk for the disease, such as those with a family history of ovarian cancer, a personal history of breast cancer or genetic mutations.
Transvaginal ultrasound may cause some discomfort, but it is generally not painful. The CA-125 blood test is a simple blood draw and does not cause pain.
The frequency of ovarian cancer screening depends on a woman’s risk level. For high-risk women, annual check-ups are essential. For women at average risk, we recommend screening every few years or as advised by the doctor.
There is a small risk of complications associated with transvaginal ultrasound, like infection or bleeding. The CA-125 blood test may produce false positives or negatives, leading to unnecessary anxiety or missed diagnoses.
While there is no guaranteed way to prevent ovarian cancer, there are several steps women can take to reduce risks. It includes: