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Ovarian cancer concerns

Doctor KarenBy Dr. Karen Palmer
Ovarian cancer concerns

Dear Karen

My friend died of ovarian cancer and I want a full cancer check myself. Do I go to my GP for this?

KAREN SAYS:

There is no cancer screening service offered by GPs to patients with no symptoms.

There is a state-sponsored cancer screen service for breast cancer and for cervical cancer.

Mammograms are offered free to women between the ages of 50 and 64 on a two-yearly basis to screen for breast cancer.

Cervical smears are offered to women between the ages of 25-60 every three years, between 25 and 44 and every 5 years between 44 and 60 to screen for cervical cancer.

Go to your GP if you have any persisting or worrisome symptoms (vaginal bleeding between periods; bleeding after intercourse; a persisting cough particularly in a smoker; change of bowel habit or a persisting skin rash).