Ovarian Cancer - Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2015

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

This year, an estimated 22,280 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

It is estimated that 14,240 deaths from this disease will occur this year. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in women.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of women live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for women with ovarian cancer is 46%. However, the rate varies widely depending on age of the woman, as well as the stage and grade of the cancer. Women under 65 have a 5-year survival rate of 58%, while the survival rate of women 65 and older is 28%.

If the cancer is diagnosed and treated before it has spread outside the ovaries, the general 5-year survival rate is 92%. Approximately 15% of cases are diagnosed at this stage. If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 73%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 28%. The overall 10-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 35%.

It is important to remember that statistics on how many women survive this type of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on thousands of women with this cancer in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long any woman will live with ovarian cancer. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means that the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016.

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