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Women are finding it harder to get good cancer treatment as Japan’s doctor shortage forces an increasing number of hospitals to close their gynecology departments, a recent study by a medical group found.

As a result, women with uterine or ovarian cancer are being left with no choice but to flock to university hospitals and other major medical institutions. Travel times to these facilities are longer and waiting lists for surgery are getting worse, said the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which conducted the study.

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