Woman over 50 and those with a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer may benefit from ultrasound examination to check for suspicious ovarian cysts.
Though not an established screening test like mammography or pap smears, transvaginal ultrasounds in conjunction with your doctor’s clinical assessment and blood tests can be used to track ovaries in women at risk of ovarian cancer.
If an ovarian cyst is identified, the ultrasound characteristics are used to distinguish cysts with a low chance of being cancerous from those of moderate to high risk. Low risk cysts can usually be observed, but any suspicious lesion is referred to a gynaecological surgeon.
Because the correct interval for effective testing is not known, we generally recommend annual checks for high risk women.