Position Statement - Testing for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women released

Release Date: 

22/02/2019

News Type: 

  • Announcement

Cancer Australia has released an updated Position Statement - Testing for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women

Based on a review of recent evidence and national and international guidelines, the Position Statement provides up-to-date evidence-based information and guidance on routine screening of women who are at population risk of ovarian cancer, and surveillance of women at high or potentially high risk of ovarian cancer. 

There is currently no evidence to support the use of any screening test, or combination of tests, to look for ovarian cancer in women who do not have symptoms. This includes surveillance (monitoring) tests for women at high risk or potentially high risk of ovarian cancer who do not have symptoms.

It is important that women are aware of symptoms of ovarian cancer and that they seek advice about any new or unusual symptoms from their doctor.

Women at potentially high risk of ovarian cancer because of family history who have not undergone genetic testing should discuss referral to a family cancer clinic with their local doctor. 

View the Position Statement - Testing for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women

View the Technical Report on Position Statement – Testing for Ovarian Cancer in Asymptomatic Women

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