Ovarian cancer mortality statistics

Deaths

Deaths from ovarian cancer, 2014, UK

 

Proportion of all deaths

Percentage ovarian cancer is of female cancer deaths, 2014, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of ovarian cancer deaths, 2012-2014, UK

 

Trend over time

Ovarian cancer mortality rates have decreased by 17% since the early 1970s, UK

 

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death among females in the UK (2014), accounting for 5% of all cancer deaths in females.[1-3]

In 2014, there were 4,128 ovarian cancer deaths in the UK.[1-3] The crude mortality rate shows that there are 13 ovarian cancer deaths for every 100,000 females in the UK.

The European age-standardised mortality rates Open a glossary item (AS rates) do not differ significantly between the constituent countries of the UK.[1-3]

Ovarian Cancer (C56-C57.4), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, Females, UK, 2014

England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
Deaths 3,377 241 378 132 4,128
Crude Rate 12.3 15.3 13.7 14.1 12.6
AS Rate 12.7 14.5 13.5 15.8 12.9
AS Rate - 95% LCL 12.2 12.7 12.1 13.1 12.5
AS Rate - 95% UCL 13.1 16.3 14.8 18.5 13.3

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item around the AS rate Open a glossary item

Ovarian cancer mortality rates throughout the UK shows very little variation between health boundaries.[4,5]

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm
  4. NCIN. Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Cancer Network, UK, 2005. London: NCIN; 2008. 
  5. NCIN. Cancer e-Atlas. European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, UK (England: former Primary Care Trusts; Wales; Scotland: NHS Health Boards; Northern Ireland: Health and Social Care Trusts), 2009-2011.
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Ovarian cancer mortality is strongly related to age, with the highest mortality rates being in older females. In the UK in 2012-2014, on average each year more than 4 in 10 (43%) deaths were in females aged 75 and over.[1-3]

Age-specific mortality rates rise gradually  from around age 30-35, and then more sharply from age 45-49, peaking in the 85-89 age group, and subsequently drop sharply.[1-3]

Ovarian Cancer (C56-C57.4), Average Number of Deaths per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates, Females, UK, 2012-2014

For most cancer types, mortality by age largely reflects incidence and survival by age, e.g. typically, higher incidence and lower survival in older people results in higher mortality in older people.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015.Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
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Ovarian cancer mortality rates have decreased by 17% in females in the UK since the early 1970s.[1-3] This includes an increase followed by a decrease during this time.

European age-standardised Open a glossary item (AS) mortality increased by 4% between 1971-1973 and 2001-2003, and have since decreased by 20% (between 2001-2003 and 2012-2014).

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2003-2005 and 2012-2014), ovarian cancer AS mortality rates in females have decreased by 16%.[1-3]

Ovarian Cancer (C56-C57), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, Females, UK, 1971-2014

For most cancer types, mortality trends largely reflect incidence and survival trends, e.g. increased incidence without sufficient survival improvement results in increased mortality.

Ovarian cancer mortality rates have decreased overall for females in many of the broad age groups in the UK since the early 1970s, but have increased in females aged 70-79 and 80+.[1-3] The largest decrease has been in females aged 0-24, with rates falling by 75% between 1971-1973 and 2012-2014.The largest increase has been in females aged 80+ with rates rising by 70% between 1971-1973 and 2012-2014.

Ovarian Cancer (C56-C57), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, By Age, Females, UK, 1971-2014

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
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Ovarian cancer mortality rates are projected to fall by 37% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 10 deaths per 100,000 females by 2035.[1]

Ovarian cancer (C56-C57.4), Observed and Projected Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, by Sex, UK, 1979-2035

It is projected that 3,744 deaths from ovarian cancer will occur in the UK in 2035.

References

  1. Smittenaar CR, Petersen KA, Stewart K, Moitt N. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Projections in the UK Until 2035. Brit J Cancer 2016.

About this data

Data is for: UK, 1979-2014 (observed), 2015-2035 (projected), ICD-10 C56-C57.4

Projections are based on observed incidence and mortality rates and therefore implicitly include changes in cancer risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. It is not possible to assess the statistical significance of changes between 2014 (observed) and 2035 (projected) figures. Confidence intervals are not calculated for the projected figures. Projections are by their nature uncertain because unexpected events in future could change the trend. It is not sensible to calculate a boundary of uncertainty around these already uncertain point estimates. Changes are described as 'increase' or 'decrease' if there is any difference between the point estimates.

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There is no evidence for an association between ovarian cancer mortality and deprivation in England.[1] England-wide data for 2007-2011 show European age-standardised Open a glossary item mortality rates are similar for females living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived.[1]

Ovarian Cancer (C56-C57), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Females, England, 2007-2011

The estimated deprivation gradient in ovarian cancer mortality between females living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 2002-2011.[1]

References

  1. Cancer Research UK and National Cancer Intelligence Network. Cancer by deprivation in England: Incidence, 1996-2010, Mortality, 1997-2011. London: NCIN; 2014.

About this data

Data is for: UK, 2007-2011, ICD-10 C56-C57

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using mortality data for 2007-2011. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England NCIN report.

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Ovarian cancer (C56 only) is the 6th most common cause of cancer death in Europe for females, and the 12th most common cause of cancer death overall, with around 42,700 deaths from ovarian cancer in 2012 (5% of female deaths and 2% of the total). In Europe (2012), the highest World age-standardised Open a glossary item mortality rates for ovarian cancer are in Latvia; the lowest rates are in Albania. UK ovarian cancer mortality rates are estimated to be the 16th highest in Europe.[1] These data are broadly in line with Europe-specific data available elsewhere.[2]

Ovarian cancer (C56 only) is the 8th most common cause of cancer death worldwide for females, and the 14th most common cause of cancer death overall, with around 152,000 deaths from ovarian cancer in 2012 (4% of female deaths and 2% of the total). Ovarian cancer mortality rates are highest in Melanesia and lowest in Eastern Asia, but this partly reflects varying data quality worldwide.[1]

References

  1. Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, et al. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed December 2013. 
  2. Ferlay J, Steliarova-Foucher E, Lortet-Tieulent J, et al.Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012. European Journal of Cancer (2013) 49, 1374-1403.

About this data

Data is for: Europe and worldwide, 2012, ICD-10 C56 only

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