Why does UK Ovarian Cancer treatment lag behind other countries?
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"The results show that the proportion of women with advanced disease is similar to that in other countries, but that survival for women with advanced disease is much lower". One year survival was 69% in the UK compared with 72% in Denmark and 74-75% in the other three countries. Women with advanced stages of the disease fared the worst - 61% survived for at least a year in the UK compared with up to 74% elsewhere. The UK was also worse at recording how far tumours had spread.
Many women with a very early stage of ovarian cancer often don't have any symptoms at all. Symptoms may be very vague but can include pain or bloating of the abdomen. Other symptoms can include loss of appetite and changes in bowel or bladder habit
Sara Hiom, of Cancer Research UK (CRUK), said: "This disturbing research advances our knowledge about what needs to be done to tackle lower ovarian cancer survival in the UK."
It is very concerning to hear that we are falling behind other countries in the treatment of ovarian cancer. I hope that changes will be made to ensure that women can receive the treatment that they deserve.
Solicitor - Clinical negligence Team
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