The ovaries are two small almond shaped organs each measuring 2-4cm across that sit on either side of the uterus. The ovaries produce eggs for reproduction and the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which regulate your menstrual cycle.
Ovarian cancer occurs when some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer. Unfortunately it’s more common than people realise. Every year approximately 1500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, most of them in an advanced stage of the disease.
A number of risk factors are linked to an increased chance of developing ovarian cancer, including age, family history, changes in genes, early onset of periods, late menopause, childlessness, infertility, first child after 30, never taking oral contraceptives, and using oestrogen only hormone replacement therapy or fertility treatment.
The key is catching it early. When detected early, ovarian cancer survival rates are better than 80%. Find it late, and those survival rates drop to 30%. And that’s why we’ve designed this simple ovarian cancer test which screens for the cancer antigen 125 (CA-125).
This ovarian cancer test screens for the cancer antigen 125 (CA-125) which is a protein found in the blood and can be produced by ovarian cancer cells. It can also be detected due to other conditions which are not cancerous, so care is needed in evaluating a positive result.
A protein present in many cases of ovarian cancer and in some cases of endometrial cancer.
Print out the pathology form that we email you.
Take your form to your local collection centre to have your sample taken - no need for an appointment.