Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer for women in the UK, with around 7,400 diagnoses each year. Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer is important for patient outcomes. Cancer Research UK have found that the five-year net survival rate decreased from 93% when the cancer was diagnosed at stage 1 to 13% when diagnosed at stage 4. However, unfortunately, most women are diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed at one of four stages; the higher the stage, the further the cancer has spread inside the body. Treatment depends on the type, stage and grade of ovarian cancer with which the patient is diagnosed.
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