Ovarian cancer: how to improve early diagnosis and management of the ‘silent killer’

Nurses need to be alert to possible symptoms at the earliest stage

Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late, non-curative stage so nurses need to be alert to possible symptoms

Ovarian cancer has long been known as the ‘silent killer’ due to its relatively subtle symptoms. It claims the lives of almost 4,200 women a year in the UK, according to data from Cancer Research UK .

About 20 women a day are diagnosed, often at a late, non-curative stage.

Find out more about who is affected, what can delay care, and how you can help women who receive a diagnosis.

How many women


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