Ovarian Cancer Epidemiology
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women and the seventh most common cause of cancer death. In 2002, the estimated number of new cases of ovarian cancer worldwide was over 204,000, with 125,000 deaths (Ferlay et al. 2004). Although 5-year survival rates can be as high as 93 % for localized disease, they drop to only 31 % for distant disease (Ries et al. 2008). There is currently no good screening test for ovarian cancer, and almost two-thirds of cancers are not diagnosed until they have spread beyond the pelvis. As a result, the overall 5-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is only about 45 % (Ries et al. 2008).
KeywordsOvarian Cancer Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Lynch Syndrome Ovarian Cancer Risk Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene
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