Information provided by the American Cancer Society
According to The American Cancer Society, estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
About 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
About 14,230 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 72. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.)
This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women that African-American women.
The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years.
About Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death from cancer in women.
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death from cancer in women. It accounts for 4% of all female cancers and 31% of cancers of the female genital organs. There are an estimated 22,000 new cases annually in the United States. Women who are postmenopausal are at the greatest risk for ovarian cancer. In their lifetimes, 1 in 69 women will develop ovarian cancer.
There are 3 types of ovarian cancer—epithelial, germ cell, and stromal cell cancers. Epithelial accounts for more than 80% of the cases and forms in cells on the outer surface of the ovary. Germ cell cancers are caused by abnormal growth of the cells that form eggs. Stromal cell cancers are very rare and typically do not spread beyond the ovaries.
Diet may play a part in ovarian cancer survival rates
New study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables and healthful grains may be associated with higher ovarian cancer survival rates.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago examined data from a longitudinal study looking at the self-reported, pre-diagnosis diets of women who had epithelial ovarian cancer. With epithelian ovarian cancer, malignant cells are found in the tissue that covers the ovary. The 351 study participants filled out a questionnaire that covered what they ate for three to five years before receiving their diagnosis. They were given a list of foods and food subgroups; grains and meats, for example were divided into more healthful and less healthful categories. Less healthful meats included red meat and cured meats.