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'Greater understanding' of ovarian cancer needed

People in the UK need to develop a greater understanding of the causes and the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Peter Reynolds, the chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, has suggested that this is what is required to improve survival rates.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women in the UK, according to Cancer Research UK.

Mr Reynolds said: "Due to the lack of awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer amongst women, they often don't take persistent symptoms seriously and fail to talk to their GP about whether the condition should be considered."

He added that less than 40 per cent of women diagnosed with the cancer today will survive beyond five years, giving the UK one of the lowest rates of survival in the western world.

However, recent figures from Cancer Research UK have suggested that on the whole cancer survival rates are improving.

In the early 1970s less than 40 per cent of women were likely to survive breast cancer for at least ten years.

This has now risen to around 77 per cent today.

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