7 things every woman should know about ovarian cancer

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THOUSANDS of women are at risk of dying from ovarian cancer – because they’re diagnosed too late.

A postcode lottery means a fifth of patients are found to have the disease in the advanced stages, a charity warned today.

1. Seek Care from a Gynecologic Oncologist

Perhaps the single most important thing you can do is seek care at a cancer center where providers have experience treating ovarian cancer. These centers, often referred to as “high-volume” centers because they treat many patients with the disease, are staffed with physicians who have extensive experience in treating ovarian cancer and provide the expertise you need.

High-volume hospitals and high volume surgeons are more likely to practice and adhere to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Ovarian Cancer Treatment Guidelines; improved survival rates have been associated with patients treated according to NCCN guidelines.

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