Statistics about ovarian cancer can be overwhelming. Doctors, patients and cancer experts advise that when reading statistics about ovarian cancer a patient should realize that the numbers represent the average and that a particular person’s experience is always unique.

    • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.


    • American Cancer Society estimates 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States in 2012 and about 15,500 women will die from the disease.


    • 12.9 per 100,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, according to National Cancer Institute using the latest available data from 2003-2007


    • Half of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be alive within five years of their diagnosis, although survival is now often extending past 5 years.


    • When ovarian cancer is found early, before it has spread outside the ovaries, the five year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. Only one fifth of ovarian cancer is found at this stage.


    • Approximately 60 percent of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with advanced or Stage III disease, when cancer cells have spread to tissues outside the pelvis or to regional lymph nodes and may be found on the outside of the liver.


    • Overall, survival for women with ovarian cancer has been improving for the past 30 years.


    • More than half of women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 60 years or older.


  • Age of Ovarian Cancer (2003-2007, Source: National Cancer Institute)
Percent women         Age at diagnosis
o 1.3                            under age 20
o 3.5                            between 20 and 34
o 7.4                            between 35 and 44
o 19.2                          between 45 and 54
o 22.9                          between 55 and 64
o 19.5                          between 65 and 74
o 18.4                          between 75 and 84
o 7.8                            85+ of age