ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of women who are diagnosed with ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal cancer each year. You will read information about surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
This year, an estimated 22,280 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the vast majority of these are high-grade serous ovarian cancers (HGSC), which begins in a fallopian tube.
It is estimated that 14,240 deaths from this disease will occur this year. Combined, cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and peritoneum are the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in women in the United States.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of women live at least 5 years after cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for women with all types of ovarian and fallopian cancer is 46%. The 10-year survival rate is 35%. 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%. The survival rate of women 65 and older is 28%.
If ovarian and fallopian tube cancers are diagnosed and treated before they spread outside the ovaries and tubes, the general 5-year survival rate is about 90%. Approximately 15% of cases are diagnosed at this stage. If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs, the 5-year survival rate is 75%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 30%.
It is important to remember that statistics on the percent of women who survive ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on women with these cancers in the United States each year. Your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long any woman will live with ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer. Experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available since the previous 5 year analysis. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, the ACS website, and the National Cancer Institute.
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