Ovarian cancer preventability statistics

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women in the UK.

Ovarian cancer incidence

In 2013, 7,027 women were diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries. This type of cancer does not affect men, as they do not have ovaries.

Ovarian cancer mortality

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women in the UK. In 2013, 4,100 women died of ovarian cancer.

Proportion preventable

Scientists estimate the following proportion of cases of ovarian cancer could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:

Lifestyle factor Increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable

Body fatness



Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download appendix A of our policy report.


The figures come from the following sources: incidence for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland; mortality for England and WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.