Over 6500 women in the UK are diagnosed with cancer of the ovary each year. Currently there are over 4000 deaths from the disease with more than 8 out of 10 (80% of) ovarian cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
The exact causes of ovarian cancer are unknown, although a number of possible factors are thought to be involved, such as the number of eggs the ovaries release and whether someone in your family has had ovarian cancer in the past.
Much of our funded research is dedicated to ovarian cancer. Within the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College we have a whole range of scientists looking at the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer to make it more effective, less invasive with fewer side effects.