Ovarian Cancer Overview

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How many women get ovarian cancer?

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

  • About 21,980 new cases of ovarian cancer
  • About 14,270 deaths from ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. It is more common in white women than African-American women. About half of the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older.

A woman’s risk of getting invasive ovarian cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 72. Her lifetime chance of dying from invasive ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.)


Last Medical Review: 04/22/2013
Last Revised: 02/06/2014