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More women survive ovarian cancer

20th November 2012

New figures have revealed that deaths from ovarian cancer have decreased over the past decade.

The data showed deaths fell by a fifth over a ten-year period, with 11 women per 100,000 dying from the disease in 2001 and nine in 100,000 in 2011. The five-year survival rate increased from 33% to 44% over the same period. Hazel Nunn, head of evidence and health information at Cancer Research UK, said: "It's encouraging to see that the number of women dying from ovarian cancer is falling, especially as ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose and treat." 

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