Pathfinder Scotland provides an up-to-date snapshot of Scotland’s ovarian cancer landscape.
of women in Scotland
wrongly believe that cervical screening detects ovarian cancer
of women in Scotland
said they were very confident in naming symptoms
of those surveyed
were never asked about the impact of their treatment on their mental health
Ovarian cancer must become a health priority for progress to be made. It is unacceptable that awareness of symptoms is still so low and that women do not feel they are given sufficient time to discuss their devastating diagnosis with healthcare professionals.Annwen Jones OBE, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer
- Pathfinder Scotland Methodology
Women who received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer during or after 2016: Our last Pathfinder research was conducted in 2016 and this survey aimed to understand the experiences of those diagnosed since then. It was hosted online by Target Ovarian Cancer between February and May 2022 and received 39 responses from across Scotland .This was a self-selecting group, who chose to complete the survey, which was promoted to as wide a group as possible.
Public Awareness: The awareness survey was carried out by our research partner Survation who interviewed, by phone, 133 women across the Scotland, using an adaptation of the Ovarian Cancer Awareness measure.
UK GPs: 44 GPs in Scotland were surveyed online between April and May 2022. The sample was taken from the membership of Doctors.net which is free and gives doctors access to forums, Continuous Professional Development and wider resources.
- The Pathfinder Advisory Panel
Chair: Professor Sudha Sundar - immediate past president British Gynaecological Cancer Society and Professor of Gynaecological Cancer, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham
Our patient reviewers: Pauline, Helen, Vicky, Sophie, Lisa, and Lorraine.
Dr Shibani Nicum - Associate Professor of Oncology/ Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist - University College London Cancer Institute
Helen Manderville- Macmillan Gynaecological Oncology Nurse Specialist, Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre
Lisa Young - Macmillan Lead Gynae Cancer CNS, Wessex Cancer Alliance
Dr Nina Craft- General Practitioner, Woodbrooke Medical Practice, Belfast