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Professor Nigel Sparrow, OBE

Professor Nigel Sparrow OBE

"The Target Ovarian Cancer GP Advisory Board works to drive forward improvements in the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Ensuring more women are diagnosed sooner is critical if we are to see significant improvements in survival rates for ovarian cancer." 

Our GP Advisory Board brings together leading GPs from around the UK, with the aim of improving outcomes in early diagnosis for women.

With expertise in symptoms research, health economics, access to diagnostics and GP education, the Board will advise and shape our future work increasing early diagnosis and reducing risk.

Report on regional variation

The Board wanted to find out more about variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer across England. To do this they commissioned a piece of research looking at differences in the numbers of CA125 blood tests ordered, the time taken to complete non-obstetric ultrasounds, stage at diagnosis and one year survival rates for different parts of England.

Read the GP Advisory Board’s report, Regional variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in England, which reveals and explores the reasons for these significant regional differences.

Regional variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in England

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Wednesday 23 January 2013
Early diagnosis key to survival, but women face delays at every turn, according to new data. The lives of women with ovarian cancer in the UK are still being cut short because of delays to their diagnoses. The stark findings on delays are published as part of Target Ovarian Cancer’s Pathfinder...
GP awareness
Tuesday 20 November 2012
Part of my work at Target Ovarian Cancer is to manage the projects that lead to better awareness of ovarian cancer. A really crucial part of this work is to support GPs and help them update their knowledge of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, so that they can appropriately treat women who...
Thursday 6 September 2012
If you're a woman, you need to read this. If you're not, if you have a family member who's a woman, you need to read it too!The Walk for One Million takes place on Sunday 7 October 2012 at Knebworth Park. It's all about ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer kills over 6,500 women in the UK each year. The...
Wednesday 10 November 2010
In the best professional education category the judges said it showed great potential to influence the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. The online tool, which was launched in February with our partners BMJ Learning offers GPs free access to an online learning tool that updates their knowledge on...