January 09, 2020
Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is a postcode lottery, new research reveals, with “significant variation” across England for how quickly the disease is caught and treated. 
Ovarian Cancer Patients Face A Postcode Lottery That Needs To Be Fixed
Women in some parts of the country are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer than others, the NHS data shows. 
There is also variation in the number of Women diagnosed with early stage cancer, when the disease is most treatable. At the moment, just 33% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed at stage I or II.
The report, released by Public Health England, in partnership with a number of cancer charities, also paints a damming picture of survival rates across England.
When looking at the data from 19 different areas, 62.9% of patients survived for at least one year in some areas, compared to 75.2% in others. Shockingly, five-year survival rate varied from 28.6% to 49.6%. HuffPost UK previously spoke to women in their thirties who say they had to fight to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, because their symptoms were dismissed as “women’s problems” by GPs. Two of the women were also told they were “too young” to have ovarian cancer, which was incorrect: although the disease is most common in women over 50, it does affect younger women, too. 
Ali Coates, from Gloucestershire, was diagnosed aged 36 after repeated GP visits before she was finally referred to a specialist. 
“I went to to my GP and they said they thought it was either IBS or indigestion, but I kept saying that it was really painful,” she said. “One doctor, who was a locum, said: ‘This is just something that happens to women as they get older.’”READ MORE: Women Are Missing Vital Signs Of Ovarian Cancer – Here Are The Symptoms Explained Claire Thompson, from Conway, was also diagnosed aged 36, but says she was repeatedly told her symptoms (including heavy bleeding that soaked through incontinence pads) were a result of giving birth. 
“No matter how many times I went back they kept saying ‘you’ve just had a baby, your body has changed.’” she said.
Meanwhile Lauren Ridgard, from Manchester, was diagnosed aged 31 and had a good experience with her GP, who swiftly referred her for more testing. However, an admin mix-up with her referral meant her ultrasound scan and treatment were delayed. The latest PHE report suggests a number of potential reasons why diagnosis rate, diagnosis time and survival rate varies by region.
Those cited include “differences in diagnostic pathways between regions, varying patterns of the time taken for patients to seek to consult their GP after first experiencing symptoms, inequality in ease of access in primary care to consult a GP for assessment of symptoms, variations in referral practices amongst GPs, and regional differences in primary care access to investigations such as ultrasound”. 
The data has been analysed taking age into account, factoring in that there will be higher rates of ovarian cancer in areas with an older population. But the data is not adjusted for ethnicity or prescription rates of the contraceptive pill, so more research is needed to see how these variables might impact rates. 
Commenting on the report, chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, Cary Wakefield, said: “Diagnosing ovarian cancer at the earliest stages is crucial, but sadly as we gather data it is clear that a postcode lottery exists around the country, with some areas diagnosing significantly more patients early than others. We want to see all patients diagnosed early enough to get treatment and survive this disease, no matter where they live.”The chief executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, Annwen Jones, added: “We have consistently called on the government to fund a full ovarian cancer audit, and as the results from this pilot are published, look forward to working with the new government on taking this forward.”READ MORE Women Who Think They're Gluten Intolerant Could Have Ovarian Cancer, Charity Warns Five Things Not To Say To Someone With Cancer – From Someone Who Said Them All Women Are Still Missing Smear Tests – Here's Why You Should Book Yours
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Julia Fox defends viral ‘Uncut Gems’ interview moment: ‘I was stoned’ | Page Six Celebrity News
February 17, 2022
4m-p0_-ePd8
Alexia Echevarria pushed ‘RHOM’ producers to show more of son Frankie’s recovery | Page Six
February 17, 2022
E-wTaN9NfkI
Pete Davidson rejoins Instagram amid Kanye West drama | Page Six Celebrity News
February 17, 2022
SsC3dmsI6t4
Aaron Rodgers And Shailene Woodley Reportedly Break Up | TMZ LIVE
February 17, 2022
FoErdRE8Qe4
Chet Hanks Done Talking About Famous Parents, Becoming Personal Trainer | TMZ
February 16, 2022
5_UrULOkQ6o
Woman Stabbed at Foot Locker During Nike Shoe Release
February 16, 2022
TfuXMs1JdVg
Steph's Freaky Side, "Summer House" & "Love During Lockup"
February 17, 2022
9W_raO0zlA8
Tay or Nay, Offset's Sushi Anxiety & Nick on Monogamy
February 17, 2022
PauYHpJRA6o
Kim Kardashian & North West TWINNING in Matching Pajamas | E! News
February 17, 2022
b-_Oib6R108
Adam McKay - Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony
February 17, 2022
tYtzsHoOZzo
Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and the Cast of 'Uncharted' Talk Most Challenging Stunts
February 15, 2022
d3ksX-SKi8c
Ryan Reynolds and Walker Scobell on ‘The Adam Project’, ‘Deadpool’, and Possible ‘Star Wars’ Role
February 16, 2022
5TxJsbJr9Dk
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
04
May
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Playoffs
Seattle Sounders - Pumas
04
May
USA: Major League Soccer
FC Cincinnati - Toronto FC
03
May
ENGLAND: Championship
Bournemouth - Nottingham Forest
02
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Brentford
02
May
ENGLAND: Championship
Fulham - Luton
02
May
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Real Betis
02
May
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Eintracht Frankfurt
02
May
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach - RB Leipzig
02
May
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Salernitana
01
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Leicester City
01
May
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Mallorca
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Bologna
01
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Arsenal
01
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Chelsea
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Inter Milan
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Fiorentina
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Venezia
01
May
SPAIN: La Liga
Rayo Vallecano - Real Sociedad
30
Apr
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Mainz - Bayern Munich
30
Apr
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bochum
30
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Newcastle United - Liverpool
30
Apr
SPAIN: La Liga
Athletic Bilbao - Atletico Madrid
30
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leeds - Manchester City
30
Apr
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Espanyol
30
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Sassuolo
28
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Chelsea
27
Apr
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Semifinal
Liverpool - Villarreal
27
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Inter Milan
26
Apr
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Semifinal
Manchester City - Real Madrid
25
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Sassuolo - Juventus
24
Apr
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano
24
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - AC Milan
24
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Everton
24
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - West Ham United
24
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Empoli - Napoli
23
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brentford - Tottenham Hotspur
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.