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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How common is ovarian cancer in Australia?

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    • Ovarian cancer is the 9th most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women, and the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer.
    • The number of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia increased from 833 in 1982 to 1,266 in 2007.
    • An estimated 1,488 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australian in 2015.
    • One in 78 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer before the age of 85.
    • The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age. About 81% of all new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2006 were in women 50 years or older.
    • The average age of first diagnosis is 63 years.
    • The age-standardised incidence rate of ovarian cancer has decreased significantly. In 1982 the incidence rate was 12.4 compared with 10.8 in 2007.

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