Encyclopedia of Cancer

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Ovarian Cancer Epidemiology

  • Christina M. NagleEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_6962-6


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).


Compared to the other major gynecologic cancers, there is less geographic variation in the incidence of ovarian cancer (Fig. 1) (Ferlay et al. 2004). Somewhat higher rates are seen in the UK, Northern Europe, Australia, and the USA with lower rates in Asia, China, and central Africa (Ferlay et al. 2004). Within the USA, rates are...


Ovarian Cancer Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Lynch Syndrome Ovarian Cancer Risk Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cancer and Population Studies, Queensland Institute of Medical ResearchRoyal Brisbane HospitalBrisbaneAustralia