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The UK NSC recommendation on Ovarian cancer screening in women

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2015/16

Screening should not be offered except in the context of the MRC randomised controlled trial.


In June 2010 the UK NSC agreed that screening for ovarian cancer will be reviewed against its criteria following the publication of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKTOCS), or earlier if any new significant peer reviewed evidence emerges in the meantime.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Ovarian cancer

The ovaries are a pair of small organs in the female reproductive system that contain and release an egg once a month. This is known as ovulation. Cancer of the ovary can spread to other parts of the reproductive system and the surrounding areas, including the womb (uterus), vagina and stomach (abdomen).

» Read more about ovarian cancer on NHS Choices

» Read more about ovarian cancer on Cancerbackup


The British Association for Cancer Research
British Association of Surgical Oncology
Cancer Research UK
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons
Society and College of Radiographers

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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