Ovarian Cancer Facts

These statistics about ovarian cancer are from the 2018 American Cancer Society’s booklet Cancer Facts & Figures. Be sure and check out the special section on ovarian cancer.


>In 2018, there will be approximately 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed and 14,070 ovarian cancer deaths in the US. Ovarian cancer accounts for just 2.5% of all female cancer cases, but 5% of cancer deaths because of the disease’s low survival. This is largely because 4 out of 5 ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed with advanced disease that has spread throughout the abdominal cavity. Improving the ability to detect ovarian cancer early is a research priority, given that women diagnosed with localized-stage disease have more than a 90% five-year survival rate. Although advancing knowledge about ovarian cancer has been hindered by substantial disease heterogeneity and uncertainties about tumor tissues of origin, understanding of the disease has evolved rapidly in recent years, especially for epithelial tumors, the most common subtype.


 >The average lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1.3%. Older women and non-Hispanic white (NHW) women have the highest risk, although the racial variation for ovarian cancer is smaller than for many other cancers.


 >The median age of diagnosis for ovarian cancer is 63 years, meaning that half of women are age 63 or younger at diagnosis. The age distribution of ovarian cancer varies by tumor type and race/ethnicity. For all women combined, incidence peaks in the late 70s for epithelial tumors, in the 50s for sex cord-stromal tumors, and in ages 15-19 years for germ cell tumors.



urce: Womens Cancer Network  (https://www.wcn.org/articles/types_of_cancer/ovarian/facts/index.html)

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