In this issue of Annals of Oncology, Malvezzi et al. [1] present an exemplary analysis of data using routine statistics on mortality from the World Health Organisation Mortality database. Their analysis indicates that mortality rates for ovarian cancer are decreasing remarkably in the vast majority of countries where data are available. The decrease in mortality is more pronounced and consistent across countries in the last decade, although it has already been observed since the 1970s in some countries. The decrease in mortality rates is particularly important among young and middle-aged women, while rates in older women are relatively stable or, in a few countries, increasing. The decrease in rates vary across the world, being most accentuated in countries with previously high...

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