A new report by the National Cancer Intelligence Network has revealed the overall improvement in the survival rate of women with ovarian cancer in England.
The rate of women dying from ovarian cancer in England has reduced from 11.2 women in every 100,000 in 2001 to 8.8 per 100,000 in 2010.
AdvertisementThis significant drop in deaths over the last 10 years has been among women in the age group of 40-69 years.
Dr Andy Nordin, gynecological oncologist at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and study author, said: "Our new report is very encouraging and shows a fall in the rates of women dying from ovarian cancer - a type of cancer that has always been notoriously hard to treat. This is because ovarian cancer is a group of different disease types, which is difficult to diagnose and commonly presents as advanced disease. This drop in deaths may reflect improvements in detecting and treating the disease, such as improvements in scanning, surgery and chemotherapy treatments. Additionally, over the past decade, ovarian cancer patients throughout the UK have experienced better management due to organization of ovarian cancer care in specialist gynecological cancer centers, planning of care by teams of cancer experts and specialist surgery by specially trained and accredited gynecological oncologists."