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 ultrasound in conjunction with your doctor’s clinical assessment and blood tests, have been used to track ovaries in woman at risk of ovarian cancer.
If an ovarian cyst is identified the ultrasound characteristics are used to distinguish the cyst with a low chance of being a cancer from that with a moderate -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 check for high risk women.