Key Messages for Providers
- Ovarian cancer has non-specific symptoms that are mostly urogynecologic and gastrointestinal.
- Average-risk patients without risk factors should not get routine screening for ovarian cancer.1
- Treatment is most effective when ovarian cancer is found early.
- Oral contraceptive pills have risks and benefits and are not specifically recommended to prevent any cancer; however, their use has been associated with reduced risk of both ovarian and uterine cancer. If a patient needs contraception, discuss all risks and benefits with her.
- If a patient has suspected or confirmed ovarian cancer, refer her to a gynecologic oncologist.
1Final Update Summary: Ovarian Cancer: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. July 2015.