Ovarian Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in British women and early detection is the key to successful treatment.
Approximately 7,000 cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. From those cases only 30% of women diagnosed survive beyond five years, compared to 70% for breast cancer. However, if the tumour is diagnosed early, treatment is much more successful. Diagnosis is often difficult as the wide-ranging symptoms of ovarian cancer can be similar to common ailments.
Detection is possible with a simple blood test known as the CA125 test. CA125 is a protein often found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells and in some normal tissues. This test can promptly mark out the ovarian cancer cells which otherwise cannot be readily detected in the early stages of development and Mr Braithwaite recommends this test to women over the age of 40.