How does Australia rank in diagnosing ovarian cancer?

Globally, one in four women take more than three months to visit their doctor after symptoms appear

Australian women face one of the longest waits between symptoms appearing and their diagnosis of ovarian cancer, according to a global survey. 

On average, it takes women in Australia an estimated 32.5 weeks from the appearance of their first symptoms to having a diagnosis. 

The data is from the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition's Every Woman Study, a survey of 1500 women in 44 countries, including 120 from Australia.

The survey is said to be the largest ever conducted on women living with ovarian cancer, finding nine out of 10 women experience symptoms prior to diagnosis but fewer than half visit their doctor within a month of noticing them.

Other findings from the survey:

  • Australian women visited their GP almost 11 weeks after symptoms appeared.
  • Women in the US had the longest time from first symptoms to diagnosis at 36.5