The UK NSC recommendation on Ovarian cancer screening in women

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed July 2017
Next review due in 2019/20

In June 2016 the UK NSC recommended not to introduce a national screening programme for ovarian cancer. This is due to the results from the UKCTOCS trial and an independent cost effectiveness review which demonstrated that a reduction in mortality from screening was not achieved at a median of 11 years of follow up. However, the Committee agreed to review data on the longer term outcomes from the UKCTOCS trial when published.


The independent cost effectiveness review is available to download at the bottom of this page.


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
Faculty of Public Health
Northern Ireland Cancer Network
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Radiologists
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
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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icon Cost effectiveness evaluation of screening for ovarian cancer (2016) (PDF document, 1.99MB, 17/08/17)

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