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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.

You have further tests if you have cancer. These tests are to find out its size and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

Seeing your GP

See your GP if you have symptoms. Find out what happens and how to get the most out of your appointment. 

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should refer you to a specialist if your symptoms could be due to ovarian cancer. 


There is no national screening programme for ovarian cancer in the UK. This is because there isn't a test that reliably picks up ovarian cancer at an early stage. 

Tests to diagnose

You might have one or more of these tests to find out the cause of your symptoms.

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: 
23 Jan 2019

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