Ovarian Cancer

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What are the key statistics about ovarian cancer?

The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 21,980 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
  • About 14,270 women will die from ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 73. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.)

This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women.

The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years.


Last Medical Review: 08/05/2014
Last Revised: 08/11/2014