A Birmingham hospital has been selected to be part of a national network of centres which specialise in treating gynaecological cancers.
The Priory, in Edgbaston, was the only city hospital among the 28 centres to be recognised as approved leading hospitals in this field.
Of the five gynaecological cancers - breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian and vulval - ovarian cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate of just 40 per cent.
Every year nearly 650 women across the West Midlands develop this disease, but if it is caught early, the survival rate rises to 90 per cent.
Cancers of the cervix, uterus and womb also represent a serious threat to women's lives although their profile is not as high as breast or ovarian cancer.
Following assessments of 70 hospitals across Britain providing care for women with these cancers, 28 were chosen by BUPA to be accredited as approved hospitals for gynaecological cancers.