In Canada, an estimated 3,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. More Canadian women die from ovarian cancer than all other gynecologic cancers combined, including cervical and endometrial (uterine) cancers.
Ovarian cancer remains difficult to detect. Although the 5-year survival rate is approximately 90% when ovarian cancer is detected in its earliest stages, 80% of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage where 5-year survival is only about 30%.
Currently, no reliable screening test exists for ovarian cancer.