New analysis out today reveals that 46 per cent of cancers in England are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully. The Incisive Health report, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, estimates the cost of treating late stage colon, rectal, lung and ovarian cancer is nearly two and a half times the amount for early stage treatment. In addition, for ovarian cancer, there is a nearly a fivefold variation in patients being diagnosed early when comparing the highest and lowest performing areas.
Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: "We already know that most women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed once the disease has already spread, making it harder to treat successfully. This new regional data shows that some areas of the country are now doing a good job of identifying the symptoms early and getting women diagnosed quickly, which is good news."
"However, with a fivefold variation in early diagnosis of ovarian cancer between the best and worst performing areas, it is clearly vital that steps are taken to give to all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer the best possible chance of survival, wherever they happen to live. We urgently need to see a national symptoms awareness campaign for ovarian cancer. Earlier diagnosis will save lives, and it will save money".
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