Western Regional Blog – BC, YK, AB, NWT and Nunavut
I, a 10-year survivor of Stage 4 ovarian cancer, am encouraged by U.K. statistics from September 2012: “Death rates from ovarian cancer, one of the hardest cancers to detect and treat, have dropped by 20 per cent in a decade,” according to the National Cancer Intelligence Network.
“Women are living longer with the disease. Since the mid-’80s, the proportion surviving for one year has risen from 57 per cent to 73 per cent, while five-year survival has gone from 33 per cent to 44 per cent.” Dr. A. Nordin, study author, said “the drop in deaths may reflect improvements in detecting and treating the disease, such as improvements in scanning, surgery and chemotherapy.”
The number of U.K. women diagnosed has remained steady, but a slight drop in recent years is partially attributed “to widespread use of hormonal contraceptives.” Researchers at Cancer Research U.K. predict “by 2030, death rates from a variety of cancers will drop by a steep 17 per cent, with ovarian cancer seeing the biggest fall, with death rates dropping by 40 per cent.”
The only Canadian organization solely devoted to ovarian cancer research and education is Ovarian Cancer Canada, www.ovariancanada.org, and I am very confident that progress will continue to be made by its staff, volunteers and generous contributors.
In order for this trend to continue, women of all ages must know the warning signs for earlier diagnosis and treatment, so I urge you to learn them at the website, or 1-877-413-7970.
Pat McDonald, Bedford