J Gynecol Oncol.  2013 Oct;24(4):342-351. 10.3802/jgo.2013.24.4.342.

Trends in incidence and survival outcome of epithelial ovarian cancer: 30-year national population-based registry in Taiwan

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan. wenfangcheng@yahoo.com
  • 2Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 3Graduate Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, National Taiwan University College of Public Health, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 4Bureau of Health Promotion, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 5Department of Pathology, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 6Institute of Life Sciences, School of Public Health, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan. yousl1990@ntu.edu.tw
  • 7Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 8Graduate Institute of Oncology, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.


To investigate the changes of incidence and prognosis of epithelial ovarian cancer in thirty years in Taiwan.
The databases of women with epithelial ovarian cancer during the period from 1979 to 2008 were retrieved from the National Cancer Registration System of Taiwan. The incidence and prognosis of these patients were analyzed.
Totally 9,491 patients were included in the study. The age-adjusted incidences of epithelial ovarian cancer were 1.01, 1.37, 2.37, 3.24, 4.18, and 6.33 per 100,000 person-years, respectively, in every 5-year period from 1979 to 2008. The age-specific incidence rates increased especially in serous, endometrioid and clear cell carcinoma, and the age of diagnosis decreased from sixty to fifty years old in the three decades. Patients with mucinous, endometrioid, or clear cell carcinoma had better long-term survival than patients with serous carcinoma (log rank test, p<0.001). Patients with undifferentiated carcinoma or carcinosarcoma had poorer survival than those with serous carcinoma (log rank test, p<0.001). The mortality risk of age at diagnosis of 30-39 was significantly higher than that of age of 70 years or more (test for trend, p<0.001). The mortality risk decreased from the period of 1996-1999 (hazard ratio [HR], 0.90; p=0.054) to the period after 2000 (HR, 0.74; p<0.001) as compared with that from the period of 1991-1995.
An increasing incidence and decreasing age of diagnosis in epithelial ovarian cancer patients were noted. Histological type, age of diagnosis, and treatment period were important prognostic factors for epithelial ovarian carcinoma.


Epithelial ovarian carcinoma; Histological type; Population-based study; Prognosis
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