Knowing ovarian cancer risks

Dr Eve Gaughan Bsc, MBBCh, BAO, MRCOG, MRCPI
Obstetrician gynaecologist

OVARIAN cancer is the most common cause of gynaecological cancer deaths. The absolute risk of ovarian cancer in the general population is 1.4%, with the median age at diagnosis being 57. Overall five-year survival is <45% due to advanced presentation in 75% of cases.

The strongest known risk factor is a positive family history(10—15% of cases). Women with a single family member affected by epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) have a 4—5% risk,