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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. They will examine you and might refer you for tests or to see a specialist. If the tests show that you have cancer, you have more tests to find out its size and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

Seeing your GP

What happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see an ovarian cancer specialist.


Read more on why there is no national screening programme for ovarian cancer.

Tests to diagnose

Find out about tests to help diagnose ovarian cancer, including blood tests, ultrasound and CT scan.

Tests to stage

You have more tests to find out the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. This tells you the stage of the cancer.

Last reviewed: 
27 Apr 2016

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