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STATISTICS

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.