Quicker diagnosis won’t improve ovarian cancer survival rates

Reducing time between ovarian cancer symptom onset and diagnosis does not improve patient outcomes, according to a study from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC) .

Ovarian cancer affects around 1,200 women in Australia each year. The symptoms include abdominal pain and bloating, changes in toilet habits, unexplained changes in weight and fatigue.

About two-thirds of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with advanced stage disease and overall survival is poor with only about 40% of women surviving more than five years.

Read more at Queensland Institute of Medical Research