Ovarian cancer statistics

Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide (18th most common cancer overall), with 239,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012

Ovarian cancer often has no symptoms at the early stages, so the disease is generally advanced when it is diagnosed. The five-year survival rate (which compares the five-year survival of people with the cancer to the survival of others at the same age who do not have cancer) ranges from approximately 30 to 50 per cent.

The Continuous Update Project Panel judged that there was convincing evidence that adult attained height increases the risk of ovarian cancer and that body fatness (marked by BMI) is probably a risk of this cancer.

Ovarian cancer incidence


The countries with the top 20 highest incidence of ovarian cancer in 2012 are given in the table below.

  • Fiji had the highest rate of ovarian cancer, followed by Latvia and Bulgaria.
  • About 58% of ovarian cancer cases occurred in less developed countries.
  • The highest incidence of ovarian cancer was in Europe and Northern America; and the lowest incidence in Africa and Asia.
Rank Country Age-Standardised Rate per 100,000 (World)
1 Fiji 14.9
2 Latvia 14.2
3 Bulgaria 14.0
4 Poland 13.6
5 Serbia 12.8
6 Lithuania 12.2
7 Montenegro 12.0
8 Malta 11.8
8 Estonia 11.8
10 United Kingdom 11.7
11 Slovakia 11.6
12 FYR Macedonia 11.3
12 Russian Federation 11.3
14 Ireland 11.2
15 Czech Republic 11.1
16 Belarus 10.9
17 Ukraine 10.7
18 Trinidad and Tobago 10.6
18 Hungary 10.6
20 Slovenia 10.4

Source: Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.1, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2014. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 16/01/2015.