Ovarian Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2013

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 21,290 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It is estimated that 14,180 deaths from this disease will occur this year. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in women.

The overall five-year survival rate is the percentage of women who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The overall five-year survival rate is 45%, but this varies widely depending on the extent or stage) of the cancer and the age of the woman.

If the cancer is diagnosed and treated before it has spread outside the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is 92%. If the cancer has spread to the surrounding organs or tissue (regional spread), the five-year survival rate is 72%. If the cancer has spread to parts of the body far away from the ovary (distant spread), the five-year survival rate is 27%. The overall 10-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 35%.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of women with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a woman how long she will live with ovarian cancer. Because survival statistics are often measured in multi-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.

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