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Death rate from ovarian cancer in England has fallen by a fifth since 2001

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7861 (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7861
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The mortality rate from ovarian cancer in England fell from 11.2 women in every 100 000 (3820 cases) in 2001 to 8.8 per 100 000 (3453 cases) in 2010—a drop of about 20%, show latest figures.1

One year survival after diagnosis of ovarian cancer increased from 57% in the mid-1980s to 73% in 2010, and five year survival increased from 33% to 44%, says a report from the National Cancer Intelligence Network.

The most notable drop in deaths over the past 10 years has been among women aged 40-69 years. …

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