Older women could be less likely to receive ovarian cancer treatment.
A new report analysed data from more than 17,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed across England between 2016 and 2018. Three in five (60%) of women with ovarian cancer over the age of 79 did not receive either chemotherapy or surgery, while 37% of women over the age of 70 did not receive any treatment.
The nature of ovarian cancer means surgery is essential in the large majority of cases to remove the tumour.
The researchers cautioned that with an ageing population it is vital that women of all ages have access to the best possible treatments.
Researchers also examined the various rates of treatments for ovarian cancer among women in different parts of England.
They found the probability of receiving any treatment fell below the average in the East Midlands, the East of England, Greater Manchester and Kent and Medway.
The report was jointly funded by The British Gynaecological Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer Action, Target Ovarian Cancer and delivered by analysts at the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service.
Commenting on the report, Cary Wakefield, chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, said: "Neither your age nor location should decide your chance of survival if you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer."
"Our audit is the first step in addressing the health inequalities women across England face, so we can begin to dismantle them."
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Source: The Independent, 11 November 2020