SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Ovarian Cancer

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2016 22,280
  • % of All New Cancer Cases1.3%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2016 14,240
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    2.4%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

46.2% 2006-2012

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of ovarian cancer was 11.9 per 100,000 women per year. The number of deaths was 7.5 per 100,000 women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2009-2013 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2011-2013 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2013, there were an estimated 195,767 women living with ovarian cancer in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer?

Relative survival statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.

46.2%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

46.2%

Based on data from SEER 18 2006-2012. Gray figures represent those who have died from ovarian cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Cancer stage at diagnosis, which refers to extent of a cancer in the body, determines treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage 1). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is regional or distant. The earlier ovarian cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For ovarian cancer, 14.8% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized ovarian cancer is 92.1%.

Percent of Cases & 5-Year Relative Survival by Stage at Diagnosis: Ovarian Cancer
Percent of Cases by Stage
  • Localized (15%)
    Confined to Primary Site
  • Regional (19%)
    Spread to Regional Lymph Nodes
  • Distant (60%)
    Cancer Has Metastasized
  • Unknown (6%)
    Unstaged
15% localized; 19% regional; 60% distant; 6% unknown
5-Year Relative Survival
92.1% localized; 73.1% regional; 28.8% distant; 24.2% unstaged

SEER 18 2006-2012, All Races, Females by SEER Summary Stage 2000

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

Compared to other cancers, ovarian cancer is relatively rare.

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2016
Estimated
Deaths 2016
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 246,660 40,450
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 224,390 158,080
3. Prostate Cancer 180,890 26,120
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 134,490 49,190
5. Bladder Cancer 76,960 16,390
6. Melanoma of the Skin 76,380 10,130
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 72,580 20,150
8. Thyroid Cancer 64,300 1,980
9. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 62,700 14,240
10. Leukemia 60,140 24,400
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17. Ovarian Cancer 22,280 14,240

Ovarian cancer represents 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

1.3%

In 2016, it is estimated that there will be 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer and an estimated 14,240 people will die of this disease.

Ovarian cancer is rare. Women with a family history of ovarian cancer have an increased risk for the disease. The number of new cases of ovarian cancer was 11.9 per 100,000 women per year based on 2009-2013 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Ovarian Cancer
1.3% under 20; 3.8% 20-34; 6.9% 35-44; 18.6% 45-54; 24.2% 55-64; 21.3% 65-74; 15.9% 75-84; 8.0% 85 and older

Ovarian cancer is most frequently diagnosed among women aged 55-64.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

63

SEER 18 2009-2013, All Races, Females

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity: Ovarian Cancer
MalesFemales
  • Sex-Specific CancerAll RacesFemale 11.9
  • WhiteFemale 12.5
  • BlackFemale 9.6
  • Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 9.3
  • American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 10.4
  • HispanicFemale 10.6
  • Non-HispanicFemale 12.0

SEER 18 2009-2013, Age-Adjusted

For ovarian cancer, death rates generally increase with age. Ovarian cancer is the thirteenth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The number of deaths was 7.5 per 100,000 women per year based on 2009-2013.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Ovarian Cancer
0.1% under 20; 0.7% 20-34; 2.3% 35-44; 10.4% 45-54; 21.4% 55-64; 25.8% 65-74; 25.0% 75-84; 14.3% 85 and older

The percent of ovarian cancer deaths is highest among women aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Death

70

U.S. 2009-2013, All Races, Females

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity: Ovarian Cancer
MalesFemales
  • Sex-Specific CancerAll RacesFemale 7.5
  • WhiteFemale 7.8
  • BlackFemale 6.5
  • Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 4.5
  • American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 6.7
  • HispanicFemale 5.5
  • Non-HispanicFemale 7.7

U.S. 2009-2013, Age-Adjusted

Trends in RatesShow More

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new ovarian cancer cases have been falling on average 1.9% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 2.2% each year over 2004-2013. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.

More About This CancerShow More

Cancer and the Ovary

Anatomy of the female reproductive system; drawing shows the uterus, myometrium (muscular outer layer of the uterus), endometrium (inner lining of the uterus), ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and vagina.
Figure: Female Reproductive Anatomy
Click to enlarge.

The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female reproductive system. They are in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus (the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a fetus grows). Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. The ovaries make eggs and female hormones (chemicals that control the way certain cells or organs work).

Additional Information

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about ovarian cancer.

References

All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Miller D, Bishop K, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2013, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2013/, based on November 2015 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2016.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Ovarian Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html

This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer Profiles.

The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.