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Ovarian Cancer Test

Ovarian cancer | CA-125 blood test

Ovarian cancer, often referred to as the “silent killer,” is a formidable adversary that affects thousands of women worldwide. Despite being relatively rare compared to other types of cancers, it has earned its ominous reputation due to the lack of noticeable symptoms in its early stages. This means detecting ovarian cancer can be challenging but there are options available should you have concerns.

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What is the CA-125 blood test?

The CA-125 blood test is a diagnostic tool that measures the level of the CA-125 protein in the blood. CA-125 is a protein that is found at higher concentrations in the blood of some individuals, especially those with certain types of cancers. A high level of CA-125 can be associated with the presence of ovarian cancer, and may indicate the need for further investigations. 

How much is the CA-125 blood test?

The CA-125 blood test is £144.80 plus the cost of consultation.

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

  1. Bloating:
    Persistent bloating or an increase in abdominal size is a common symptom of ovarian cancer. It may be accompanied by a feeling of fullness, even after eating small amounts.
  1. Abdominal or pelvic pain:
    Ovarian cancer can cause discomfort or pain in the pelvic or abdominal region. This pain may feel like a constant ache or intermittent sharp twinges.
  1. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly:
    Ovarian cancer can affect the digestive system, leading to a loss of appetite, difficulty eating, or feeling full shortly after starting a meal.
  1. Changes in urinary habits:
    Ovarian cancer may cause changes in urinary patterns, such as increased frequency or urgency. Some women may experience difficulty emptying the bladder completely.
  1. Fatigue:
    Persistent fatigue or a general feeling of unwellness may be associated with ovarian cancer. This can be due to the body’s response to the cancer or the impact of cancer on overall health.
  1. Changes in bowel habits:
    Ovarian cancer may cause changes in bowel habits, including constipation or diarrhoea. It is important to pay attention to any significant and unexplained changes in bowel movements.
  1. Back pain:
    Some women with ovarian cancer may experience lower back pain, although this symptom is less specific and can be associated with various conditions.
  1. Painful Intercourse:
    Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse can be a symptom of ovarian cancer, though it can also be caused by other gynaecological issues.
  1. Unexplained weight loss:
    Sudden and unexplained weight loss, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, may be a cause for concern and should be investigated.


It’s important to note that these symptoms can be caused by various conditions, and experiencing one or more of them does not necessarily mean a person has ovarian cancer. However, if these symptoms persist for more than a few weeks or if there is a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, it is essential to consult a GP for a thorough evaluation. Early detection and diagnosis are critical for effective treatment and improved outcomes in ovarian cancer.

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