Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

1 March, 2021 - 00:00 to 31 March, 2021 - 01:00

Ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK women, with UK survival rates among the worst in Europe. Three quarters of women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult. This is why awareness is so important, to drive forward improvements in diagnosis, treatment and survival. As ovarian cancer charities in the UK, we are all working to increase awareness of the disease, with women and GPs, in order to save lives.

How common is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer death in women, after breast, lung and bowel cancer.  But the average GP will see only one case of ovarian cancer every five years.

Each year in the UK there are approximately

  • 7,500 cases of ovarian cancer. This is roughly 142 women each week
  • 4,100 deaths from ovarian cancer

Why is early diagnosis so important?

Most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, which makes treatment more challenging. The current five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46 per cent. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, up to 90 per cent of women would survive five years or more. This is why early diagnosis is so important