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Ig Sanita Pubbl. 2010 Nov-Dec;66(6):719-32.

[Ovarian cancer in the province of Palermo (Italy): data from 2003 to 2005].

[Article in Italian]

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Registro Tumori della Provincia di Palermo - DPT di Scienze per la Promozione della Salute Università degli Studi di Palermo.


Ovarian cancer is characterized by a low incidence of disease and a high mortality. To correctly analyze the epidemiology of this disease it is therefore necessary to obtain data from population-based tumor registries. From 2003 to 2005, 251 new cases were registered in the tumor registry of the province of Palermo. Cases were identified from various sources, mainly hospital discharge forms, pathology reports and death certificates.The distribution of incident cases was analysed by age, type of diagnosis, disease stage, and treatment. Survival was calculated at one, three and five years. Morphologically, epithelial tumors were the most common frequent. The disease was more frequent in older age groups, with the highest incidence observed in the age group 55-69 years. Incidence and mortality rates were similar to those reported by the pool of Italian tumor registries. Disease stage was found to be related to patient age. Survival was related to stage of disease, age at diagnosis and type of treatment. Younger patients had a longer survival while advanced staging was the most unfavorable prognostic factor. Regarding the type of treatment, treatment of ovarian cancer is complex and requires close integration and coordination of the various healthcare professionals involved.

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