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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 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to 1 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 healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for ovarian cancer?

These are some 2018 statistics about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society:

  • About 22,240 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 79.

  • Older women are more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Of the women who are diagnosed ovarian cancer, about half of them are 63 years of age and older.

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

Source: American Cancer Society

Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Goodman, Howard, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2016
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