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Ovarian Cancer Statistics

The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 21,290 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
  • About 14,180 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 75. 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.

Almost half (44.6%) of women with ovarian cancer are still alive at least 5 years after diagnosis (this is called the 5-year survival rate). Women diagnosed when they are younger than 65 do better than older women.

If ovarian cancer is found (and treated) before the cancer has spread outside the ovary, the 5-year survival rate is 89%. However, only about 20% of all ovarian cancers are found at this early stage. Several large studies are in progress to learn the best ways to find ovarian cancer in its earliest stage.

Information provided by the American Cancer Society