London Private Ovarian Cancer Screening
Ovarian cancer screening is a medical test used to detect the presence of ovarian cancer in women who have no symptoms of the disease.
The most common screening tests for ovarian cancer include pelvic exams, transvaginal ultrasound, and the measurement of the blood test called CA-125. The effectiveness of ovarian cancer screening is still a subject of debate among healthcare providers, and it is not yet recommended as a routine screening test for all women. Women who are at higher risk for ovarian cancer, such as those with a family history of the disease, may benefit from regular ovarian cancer screening.
If the results of the screening tests indicate that a woman may have ovarian cancer, further testing will be needed to confirm the diagnosis. This may include further imaging and a biopsy, in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the ovaries and examined under a microscope.
NHS Ovarian Cancer Screening Options
The National Health Service (NHS) offers several options for ovarian cancer screening, including:
Pelvic examination: During a pelvic examination, the consultant will physically examine a woman's reproductive organs to look for any abnormalities or signs of cancer.
CA125 blood test: The CA125 blood test measures the level of a protein called CA125 in the blood. Elevated levels of CA125 can sometimes be a sign of ovarian cancer.
Transvaginal ultrasound: This test uses ultrasound waves to create images of the ovaries and uterus. It can help doctors identify any abnormal growths or changes in the ovaries.
MRI scan: An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of the body. It can be used to look for signs of ovarian cancer.
It is important to note that these tests are not routinely offered to all women on the NHS. The decision to undergo ovarian cancer screening will be based on an individual's risk factors and preferences, and should be discussed with the consultant.
Can an ultrasound detect ovarian cancer?
Yes, an ultrasound can be used to detect ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts. However, it is important to note that ultrasound is not always able to detect ovarian cancer, especially in its early stages. In many cases, additional testing, such as a blood test or biopsy, may be needed to confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. In addition, ultrasound detection of ovarian pathologies in particular, is important to be performed by consultants who are speciality trained in this subject, and relies on using advanced and sophisticated ultrasound systems.
How can I prepare for my private screening scan?
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your private ovarian cancer screening scan:
Discuss the screening with your consultant: before undergoing any medical test, it is important to talk to your consultant about the risks and benefits of the test, and to make sure it is right for you.
Ask about any necessary preparations: your consultant may give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your scan, such as avoiding eating or drinking for a certain period of time before the test.
Dress comfortably: you will likely be asked to remove your clothing and wear a hospital gown during the scan. Make sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to remove.
Bring a list of medications: make sure to bring a list of all medications you are currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements.
Arrive on time: plan to arrive at the clinic on time for your appointment. This will help ensure that the screening can be done as efficiently as possible.
Remember to bring any relevant medical records or previous imaging tests with you to your appointment. This can help your doctor interpret the results of your ovarian cancer screening.
What should I expect at my private screening scan?
During your private ovarian scan, you can expect the following:
An initial consultation: before the scan, you will have a consultation with your consultant. He will ask you about your medical history and any symptoms you may be experiencing.
The scan itself: this typically takes 30 minutes.
Review of the results: After the scan, your doctor will review the results and discuss them with you during your appointment. If the results are normal, you will be reassured and may be advised to undergo regular screening in the future. If the results are abnormal, further testing may be needed to confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
Overall, the private ovarian cancer screening process is usually quick and painless. It is important to follow your consultant's instructions and ask any questions you may have before and during the scan.
How quickly will I get the results of my private screening scan?
The results of a private ovarian scan are typically available instantly at Rylon Clinic with Mr Naji; if blood tests are required, these will be available within a few days to a week. However, the exact time frame can vary depending on the specific tests that are ordered and the availability of the results.
It is important to follow up with your doctor after your private ovarian cancer screening to discuss the results and any necessary next steps. This can help ensure that you receive the appropriate care and treatment if necessary.
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Private Ovarian Cancer Screening in London, UK
Mr Naji runs his clinic from several different locations in London these include:
The Harley Street Clinic,
Devonshire Diagnostic Centre
16 Devonshire Street
London< UK W1G 7AF
Royal Brompton &
77 Wimpole Street
London, UK W1G 9RU
The Princess Grace Hospital
42-52 Nottingham Place
London, UK W1U 5NY
The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Rd,
London, UK SW1W 8RH
Author: Mr Naji
Mr Naji offers a “one-stop” gynaecology clinic for instant detection of various gynaecological cancers as well as providing all the diagnostic and treatment services needed under one roof.
Mr Naji provides advanced gynaecology scanning which is essential when conducting any gynaecology consultation, he is bilingual in English and Arabic and has an NHS base at the highly reputable Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital London.
He is passionate about raising awareness of various subtle signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers that are often overlooked by patients.
You can read more about Mr Naji on his about page here.