Ovarian Cancer Statistics
Currently, the American Cancer Society estimates that annually approximately 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 14,000 women die from this disease. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women and has the highest mortality rate of all gynecologic cancers. More women die from ovarian cancer than from all the other gynecologic cancers. The majority of women (approximately 75%) continue to be diagnosed when the disease has reached an advanced stage (stage III or IV) and spread throughout or beyond the abdominal cavity. Despite aggressive surgical intervention and new chemotherapeutic regimens, the overall five-year survival rate for women with advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer (Stage III and IV) remains poor (<30%).
However, if EOC is detected when confined to the ovary (stage I), the 5-year survival is more than 90%, requires less radical and morbid operations, and may not require adjuvant chemotherapy. Clearly, detection of early stage ovarian cancer is the best way to improve survival.
Mount Sinai Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Program