Ovarian cancer diagnosis rates 'woefully inadequate' says Dorset charity

Ovarian cancer diagnosis rates 'woefully inadequate' says Dorset charity

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:01am 1st March 2020.

A Dorset cancer charity says diagnosis rates for ovarian cancer are 'woefully inadeqaute' - delaying treating and risking lives.

GO Girls are calling out for Ovarian cancer symptoms to be taken more seriously with  57% of women misdiagnosed. 

Their research found that symptoms are not being recognised, and are more likely to be passed off as irritable bowel syndrome, stress, menopause or menstrual problems.

GO Girls say 74% of women say they are not getting enough support when they need it the most from the NHS. 

More than half of women with ovarian cancer felt they were not given enough time to process the information when eventually receiving their diagnosis.

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29% felt they most needed mental and emotional support to help them process their diagnosis and once they started their treatment, they wanted a simple explanation of what it entailed. 

GO Girls research found the most dominating emotions of those with ovarian cancer are: 

  • Fear 69%
  • Determination to get well 64%
  • Overwhelmed 58%

The charity found the most valued support they received from GO Girls was the information to get practical support, mental and emotional support and a safe space, where they could be open and honest about how they feel.

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GO Girls are working in partnership with Ovacome (the ovarian cancer support charity) to offer those diagnosed with ovarian cancer support; from their initial diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. 

Victoria Clare CEO of Ovacome says:

"It is fantastic to be working with GO Girls to improve access to support for those diagnosed with the disease.

"We know from experience that having access to support and accurate up to date information makes a real difference."

Hilary Maxwell is the CEO & Chair of GO Girls she says Ovarian cancer is still mistakenly known as the 'silent killer'

"We are seeing worrying rates of late diagnosis which is delaying treatment and putting lives at risk.

"Once women finally receive a diagnosis, support is clearly something they look for and need."

Formed in 2015 in Dorset, the charity aims to support women with gynecological cancers, raise awareness of those disease and campaign for earlier diagnostics and improved treatments.

They have raised £50,000 to fund a consulting room at Dorset County Hospital - their legacy to the women int he South West where GO Girls began. 

It now has 783 members across the UK and is supported by actress, Helen Lederer.