Ovarian cancer: Angela Davies on waiting six years for diagnosis
23 January 2013 Last updated at 07:07 GMT
Action to try to speed up the time it takes to diagnose women who have ovarian cancer is being taken by the Welsh government.
More than 380 women in Wales are told they have the cancer each year.
But the charity Target Ovarian Cancer said their lives are being "cut short because of delays to their diagnoses", adding that misdiagnosis is common.
The Welsh government said it is now monitoring when cancer is diagnosed to improve the survival rates.
Angela Davies, 52, from Caerphilly, told Bethan Rhys Roberts of BBC Radio Wales it took six years to be properly diagnosed with ovarian cancer.