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Getting diagnosed

Your GP will ask you about your symptoms including what they are, when you get them and whether anything you do makes them better or worse.

They will decide about whether to refer you for tests or to a specialist. If you have a cancer you will have more tests to find out how big it is 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 screening programme for ovarian cancer.

Tests to diagnose

Find out about tests to diagnose ovarian cancer.

Tests to stage

These tests find out the position of the cancer, how big it is and whether it has spread. This tells you the stage of your ovarian cancer.

Last reviewed: 
27 Apr 2016

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