New UK-wide research in the Target Ovarian Cancer Pathfinder study, just published at the House of Commons, reveals widespread confusion among GPs and women generally about ovarian cancer. Some women's diagnosis is taking far too long.
A survey of 400 UK GPs, 1000 women in the general public and 132 women with ovarian cancer revealed: 80 per cent of GPs wrongly think women with early stage ovarian cancer do not have symptoms; 61 per cent of GPs were not aware that a strong history of ovarian cancer on the father's side of the family puts a woman more at risk; only 4 per cent of women felt very confident that they would identify a symptom of ovarian cancer and 44 per cent of women with ovarian cancer had to wait more than six months for a correct diagnosis.
Target Ovarian Cancer believes ovarian cancer has been over-looked and underfunded. The new research was funded by the charity to find out where investment is needed to improve the life chances and life quality of women with ovarian cancer.
Target Ovarian Cancer for the first time used the latest online communication tool, ipadio, which broadcasts live to web from any phone, to capture reactions to the report from panellists and participants. Coverage of the story has appeared in the June 29 edition of the Guardian newspaper, BBC Radio 4's Today programme, GMTV and a host of regional TV and radio outlets. Listen here to BBC Radio Jersey's Breakfast show featuring Target Ovarian Cancer's Frances Reid.