2014 Ovarian Cancer Statistics

(January 22, 2014) Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths that will occur in the United States in the current year and compiles the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. Incidence data were collected by the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries and mortality data were collected by the National Center for Health Statistics.

The report, which was published in the journal Cancer and is available for free, reports statistics for many cancers, including ovarian cancer.  Some key statistics on ovarian cancer are below.

Remember: you are not a statistic.  Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. 

  • Estimated new cases of ovarian cancer in the US in 2014: 21,980
  • Estimated deaths from ovarian cancer in the US in 2014: 14,270
  • Ovarian cancer ranks 5th overall for cancer death in women, counting for 5% of all cancer deaths in women (lung, breast, colorectal, pancreatic are 1-4 respectively).
  • Stage at diagnosis
    • 15% localized
    • 18% Regional
    • 61% Distant
  • Five year survival by stage at diagnosis.  Note that these are for black and white women combined.  In every case, survival rates for black women are lower.
    • 44% five year survival overall
    • 92% for localized
    • 72% for regional
    • 27% for distant
  • Trends in five year survival:  five year survival has been steadily increasing, though these gains are really only for white women.
    • 1975 – 1977:  36%
    • 1987-1989: 38%
    • 2003 – 2009: 44%

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