Ovarian Cancer Statistics

According to the statistics on ovarian cancer, this fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in women will affect approximately 1 out of every 69 women born today. Other statistics show that the average age at diagnosis is 63 and the average age at death is 71. In 2006, it was predicted that 20,180 women would be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,310 women would die as a result.

Statistics on Ovarian Cancer: An Introduction

Ovarian cancer accounts for about 4 percent of all women's cancers and is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death among American women. The number of people diagnosed with ovarian cancer has slowly been declining since the early 1990s. Ovarian cancer has the highest death rate among cancers of the female reproductive tract, mainly because there are no early symptoms of ovarian cancer and no ovarian cancer screening tests are available.
 
The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2006, 20,180 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,310 women will die of it.
 

Ovarian Cancer Statistics on Age at Diagnosis

From 2000-2003, the median age at diagnosis was 63. The percentages of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer based on age were:
 
  • 1.2 percent were diagnosed under age 20
  • 3.5 percent between 20 and 34
  • 8.1 percent between 35 and 44
  • 18.6 percent between 45 and 54
  • 21.4 percent between 55 and 64
  • 19.4 percent between 65 and 74
  • 7.0 percent between 75 and 84
  • 12.3 percent 85+ years of age.
     

Mortality Rates

From 2000-2003, the median age at death from ovarian cancer was 71. The percentages of women who died from ovarian cancer based on age were:
 
  • 0.1 percent died under age 20
  • 0.8 percent between 20 and 34
  • 3.2 percent between 35 and 44
  • 11.3 percent between 45 and 54
  • 18.5 percent between 55 and 64
  • 25.0 percent between 65 and 74
  • 28.9 percent between 75 and 84
  • 12.2 percent 85+ years of age.
     
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