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Survival for ovarian cancer patients

2014.07.21_Ovacoming_together.jpgThere needs to be more local action to address the steps needed to improve survival in ovarian cancer in Ealing Southall.  Survival rates for ovarian cancer in the UK are among the lowest in Europe.  Just four in ten women are expected to survive their disease for at least five years in England – amongst the lowest of all common cancers.

A new report, Making a difference for ovarian cancer patients, launched by the ovarian cancer charity, Ovacome, highlights the steps needed to improve survival in ovarian cancer.  Based on a survey of its members, the report includes a series of recommendations in three key areas - symptom awareness and early diagnosis, access to patient-centred treatment, survivorship and research. 

Ovacome asked women affected by ovarian cancer for their views and respondents identified what they believe would make the biggest difference to improving survival and standards of care for other patients in the future.  The key findings included:

  • 81% of respondents said awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer needs to be improved among GPs and community nurses
  • Over two thirds of respondents (70%) have called for action to increase understanding of the different signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer
  • One in four (39%) want to see better awareness among women of what they should do if they detect any suspected symptoms of ovarian cancer
  • One in three indicated that greater access to the latest treatments (29%) and surgical procedures (34%) were key priorities

Ovarian cancer is the fourth biggest cancer killer amongst women.  This report highlights the need to improve survival in ovarian cancer throughout the country and these efforts to tackle this important issue are vital.

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