Ovarian Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your health care provider.

What are the statistics for ovarian cancer?

These are some 2016 statistics about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society:

  • About 22,280 women will be told they have ovarian cancer in the U.S. this year.

  • A woman's lifetime risk of getting invasive ovarian cancer is about 1 in 75.

  • Most ovarian cancers show up in the advanced stages. This means that the cancer is found after it's spread outside the ovaries.

  • Ovarian cancer survival rates vary by age. Women younger than 65 years are twice as likely to survive 5 years (58%) after diagnosis as women 65 years and older (28%).