The Aetiology of Ovarian Cancer

  • M. S. Baylis
  • W. J. Henderson
  • C. G. Pierrepoint
  • K. Griffiths

Abstract

The estimated number of new notifications of ovarian cancer in 1983 in the United States will be 18200 with 11500 women dying from the disease in the same period [1]. New registrations of ovarian cancer in England and Wales in 1974 numbered 4178 and 5 years later, 3784 women had died of the disease. Such data illustrate the poor prognosis associated with this condition, with less than 25% of women expecting to survive 5 years (Fig. 16.1). The risk of developing ovarian cancer is similar to that for carcinoma of the cervix, 1 in 80, yet as many women die from ovarian cancer as from the other female genital tract malignancies combined. A factor which gives rise for concern is the increasing incidence of the disease. From 1931 to 1970 in England and Wales the mortality rates per million women rose by 15% each decennium [2]. During the period 1971–1980, however, the rate of increase had plateaued to 6.5% (Fig. 16.2).

Keywords

Osteoporosis Iodine Influenza Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Testosterone 

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  • M. S. Baylis
  • W. J. Henderson
  • C. G. Pierrepoint
  • K. Griffiths

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