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"More women need to know because early diagnosis is the best chance of survival. It can be easy to dismiss the symptoms and put them down to something else but it is not worth the risk."

The earlier a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer the more likely it is she will respond to treatment and the better the outcome. One-year survival for ovarian cancer in the UK - the number of women living at least a year following their diagnosis - currently trails that of other countries. Over a quarter of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed through an emergency presentation (for example, accident and emergency).

For this to change more women need to be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and more GPs need to be trained to diagnose ovarian cancer at the earliest possible point. 

Target Ovarian Cancer is working to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. We are campaigning for government-funded awareness campaigns in all nations of the UK. We are also campaigning for the shortest possible diagnostic pathway and for existing guidelines to be implemented.

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