The Ovacome team is to be congratulated for setting up the new format of this website.
However, it is disappointing to see that it is very under-utilised. Since April 2010, there are only a few posts on the Helpvine section. This is surprising, since there are nearly 7000 women newly diagnosed with OVCA every year in the UK, so where are they? Most women have no idea about OVCA and this explains the shock of receiving an OVCA diagnosis which characteistically follows a delay in seeking treatment and a misinterpretation of signs and symptoms. With no approved screening programme for OVCA, more needs to be done to raise awareness.Those women who attend for breast screening are also encouraged to carry out self examination of their breasts on a regular basis. Women who attend for cervical screening often believe that this identifies any gynaecological cancer. Should these visits be the opportunity for health professionals to initiate advice about the signs and symptoms of OVCA?