Ovarian cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of ovarian cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from ovarian cancer, 2017, UK

Survival

Survive ovarian cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Preventable cases

Ovarian cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

 

 

  • There are around 7,500 new ovarian cancer cases in the UK every year, that's 20 every day (2014-2016).
  • In females in the UK, ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cancer, with around 7,500 new cases in 2016.
  • Ovarian cancer accounts for 4% of all new cancer cases in females in the UK (2016).
  • Ovarian cancer accounts for 2% of all new cancer cases in females and males combined in the UK (2016).
  • Incidence rates for ovarian cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 75 to 79 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, ovarian cancer incidence rates have remained stable in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, ovarian cancer incidence rates have decreased by around a twentieth (4%) in females in the UK.
  • Almost 6 in 10 ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage in England (2014) and Northern Ireland (2010-2014).
  • Incidence rates for ovarian cancer are projected to rise by 15% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 32 cases per 100,000 females by 2035.
  • Ovarian cancer in England is not associated with deprivation.
  • Ovarian cancer is more common in White women than Asian or Black women.
  • An estimated 41,000 women who had previously been diagnosed with ovarian cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 4,100 ovarian cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's 11 every day (2015-2017).
  • In females in the UK, ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cause of cancer death, with around 4,100 deaths in 2017.
  • Ovarian cancer accounts for 5% of all cancer deaths in females in the UK (2017).
  • Ovarian cancer accounts for 2% of all cancer deaths in females and males combined in the UK (2017).
  • Mortality rates for ovarian cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 85 to 89 (2015-2017).
  • Since the early 1970s, ovarian cancer mortality rates have decreased by around a fifth (21%) in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, ovarian cancer mortality rates have decreased by a sixth (17%) in females in the UK.
  • Mortality rates for ovarian cancer are projected to fall by 37% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 10 deaths per 100,000 females by 2035.
  • Ovarian cancer in England is not associated with deprivation.

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  • More than a third (35%) of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
  • Almost half (46%) of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for five years or more (2010-11).
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for one year or more (2010-11).
  • Ovarian cancer survival in England is highest for women diagnosed aged under 40 years old (2009-2013).
  • Almost 9 in 10 women in England diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 15-39 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with a fifth of women diagnosed aged 80 and over (2009-2013).
  • Ovarian cancer survival is improving and has almost doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.
  • In the 1970s, less than a fifth of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it's more than a third.
  • When diagnosed at its earliest stage, 9 in 10 women with ovarian cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with less than 5 in 100 of women when diagnosed at the latest stage.
  • Five-year relative survival for ovarian cancer in women is below the European average in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 1 in 50 UK females will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime
  • 11% of ovarian cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

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  • 'Two-week wait' is the most common route to diagnosing ovarian cancer.
  • GP referral is the route with the highest proportion of cases diagnosed at an early stage, for ovarian cancer.
  • 'Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland and Wales, and ’62-day wait’ is met by all but Wales, Northern Ireland and only partly by Scotland for gynaecological cancers.
  • 64% of patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer have surgery to remove the tumour as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 2% of patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer have radiotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 54% of patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer have chemotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.

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