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Exams and Tests

Some exams and tests that are done to look for or diagnose ovarian cancer include:

Early detection

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

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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.
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