Women with ovarian cancer to be diagnosed early

What we want

Why?

  • 80% of women cannot name the symptoms of ovarian cancer
  • Many women mistakenly believe that ovarian cancer has no symptoms and is a silent killer
  • Women commonly think that a cervical smear test will detect ovarian cancer
  • Through lack of awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer it can take a long time for a woman to be diagnosed with the disease
  • This means that by the time of diagnosis their ovarian cancer has progressed quite far, making it harder to treat
  • When women are diagnosed in the early stages of ovarian cancer they have a 90% chance of surviving for more than five years but this reduces to 22% when diagnosed in the later stages
  • We believe that a greater level of awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer is key to earlier diagnosis and improving survival rates

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