Early diagnosis 'can improve cancer survival rates'

Survival rates for ovarian cancer sufferers can be improved through early diagnosis.

This is according to Peter Reynolds, Ovarian Cancer Action's chief executive, who has suggested that the stage at which the disease is diagnosed can have an effect on how life-threatening it is.

He explained: "Unfortunately, too many women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed when the disease has spread beyond the ovary, making it more difficult to treat, thus accounting for the low survival rate over five years - circa 38 per cent."

Mr Reynolds noted that should the disease be identified at stage one when it is still contained in the ovary then it should be "highly treatable, providing up to 90 per cent chance of survival".

Cancer Research UK has found that ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women in the UK and the second most common gynaecological cancer after that of the uterus.  

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