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Delay in Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Causes Concern

It has been announced this week by the Medical Defence Union that some women are experiencing a delay of up to several months before they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer by their GP or at the hospital. 

Approximately 6,500 women develop ovarian cancer each year in the UK, and over 4,000 sadly die from it. An early diagnosis is key to maximizing a patient’s chance of surviving for at least another 5 years.

The UK is thought to have the worst survival rates for ovarian cancer in Europe, largely because women are not being diagnosed early enough. 

Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose due to the presenting symptoms being very similar to those of other conditions. Women can be wrongly diagnosed with conditions, such as anaemia, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts and urinary infection.

It is important that women who present with persistent symptoms should be referred for further investigations and tests as soon as possible to exclude the possibility of ovarian cancer.

If you or a relative believe you have been subject to a delay in diagnosis of ovarian cancer please contact our specialist team of Clinical Negligence solicitors on 01743 280280.