In the UK there are approximately 7100 new cases of ovarian cancer per year and 4300 deaths from the disease each year. Ovarian cancer is a rare cancer in the US; however, it accounts for 5% of cancer deaths among women in the US, and is the most lethal of gynaecological cancers. Worldwide, the estimated incidence was 238,700 in 2012, with 151,900 deaths. The median age of patients with ovarian cancer is 60 years, with an estimated lifetime risk of 1 in 70. Although the overall 5-year survival rate is relatively low (46%), it varies by age: women younger than 45 years of age are far more likely to survive (77%) than women aged 75 years and older (20%).
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