The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, about 22,440 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and 14,080 women will die from the disease in the United States. A women's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Her lifetime chance of dying from the disease is about 1 in 100.
Ovarian cancer survival rates are much lower than other cancers that affect women.
- The relative five-year survival rate is 46 percent. Survival rates vary depending on the stage of diagnosis.
- Women diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher five-year survival rate than those diagnosed at a later stage.
- Approximately 15% percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early.
- About 80% of women who go into remission following initial treatment will experience a recurrence of the disease.
- Women diagnosed with breast cancer in 1975 experienced a five-year survival rate of 75.3 percent; today, the American Cancer Society estimates the rate to be 89 percent.
- Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1975 experienced a five-year survival rate of 34.8 percent; today, the American Cancer Society estimates the rate to be 45 percent.