Cancer or “The Big C” is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of young and old alike. With so many national and international charities researching treatments and cures, the future looks bright for many cancer patients for whom it is no longer an automatic death sentence.
There are many types of cancer, some are more common than others and some are more treatable than others. Unfortunately, the gap between the highest and lowest mortality rates is colossal and the issue can often be one of funding allocation based on instances of the disease. Ovarian cancer is one such type.
According to Cancer Research UK, 7,116 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 against nearly 50,000 diagnoses in the same year for breast cancer. Ovarian cancer has a higher mortality percentage rate, particularly and especially in women over 65. It is the fifth most common cancer in women, the third most common gender-specific cancer in women, and accounts for 4% of all cancers in women.
Every week, somewhere in the UK some 130 women are told they have ovarian cancer – that’s 11-12 every day.