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Less than half of women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer within a month of seeing a doctor, finds survey

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 18 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4419
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Less than half of women with symptoms that are common in ovarian cancer are diagnosed within one month of first seeing a doctor, a large global survey of women with the disease1 has found. Results also revealed low levels of awareness of the cancer among women and delays in seeking medical help.

“This study, for the first time, provides powerful evidence of the challenges faced by women diagnosed with ovarian cancer across the world, and sets an agenda for global change,” said Anwen Jones, chief executive officer of Target Ovarian Cancer in the UK and co-chair of the study, which was funded by …

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