There is no national screening test for cancer of the ovary. This blood test cancer marker is raised in many cases of ovarian cancer and in some cases of endometrial cancer. It can also be raised in other conditions which are not cancerous, so care is needed in evaluating a positive result. Recent studies suggest that monitoring CA-125 for change is a much more reliable way of diagnosing cancer than a single result.
A very high level could be indicative of cancer whereas slightly raised levels may have many causes. Other conditions that cause inflammation in the pelvic area can cause CA125 to be elevated such as pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, mensturation and endometriosis.
This blood test can be raised in ovarian cancer, cancer of the womb (endometrium) and some other cancers (pancreas, stomach, colon, rectum, breast).
In women who have a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer, this test can be used regularly to try and help detect cancers in their earliest stages.
CA-125 is mostly used as a monitoring tool during treatment for ovarian cancer and to detect whether cancer has come back after treatment is complete. This check is also useful to test and monitor high-risk women who have a family history of ovarian cancer but who do not yet have the disease.
This blood test is for women who have a strong family history of ovarian cancer or who are worried about unexplained symptoms. This test can be reassuring if it comes back normal but is never definite that a small cancer is not present. A high level would mean that further tests might be advisable but does not mean you defintitely have cancer. This test is also for women who wish to monitor their CA-125 for any change which might indicate ovarian cancer.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View results securely in your own personal dashboard.
Please see your doctor if you are suffering any unusual symptoms which persist - do not use these tests to self-diagnose. Tumour markers are most useful when viewed in conjunction with a clinical examination. Results do not constitute a diagnosis of cancer and markers are often tested to monitor treatment when cancer has already been diagnosed, or to check that it has not returned. Cancer markers can be elevated in benign conditions and results often produce false positives. Sometimes tumour markers can be normal even though cancer is present. Please make sure that you think carefully about the risks and benefits before taking this test.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Cancer Antigen 125 (CA125) is a protein which is produced by cancer cells and which can be raised in cancers of the ovary, lung, breast, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract.
As CA125 is also produced by normal cells it is important to know your base level and monitor regularly so that any change can be picked up early.
A raised level is not necessarily a sign of cancer, just as a low level does not guarantee that cancer is not present. Elevated CA125 can be caused by anything that causes inflammation in the pelvic region including menstruation, endometriosis, pregnancy and pelvic inflammatory disease. However, we recommend that all raised levels are investigated further.
We will send you your Ovarian Cancer Check finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample option during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Ovarian Cancer Check includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Ovarian Cancer Check results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Ovarian Cancer Check results.
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