Cancer diagnosis delays 'kill 500 a year'

Delays in diagnosing women with ovarian cancer are costing 500 lives a year, a charity claims today.

Each year about 6,500 women develop the disease, which is among the most difficult cancers to detect. There are almost 3,500 deaths.

In the UK, the five-year survival rate for those who are diagnosed at the earliest stage is 92 per cent. The overall survival rate is 36 per cent.

Target Ovarian Cancer says the UK survival rate is among Europe's worst.