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Ovarian Cancer Statistics
Among women in the United States, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death, after lung and bronchus, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers.*1 Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.1 Ovarian cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (deaths) rates are higher among Caucasian women than for women of any other racial group.1
According to the U.S. Cancer Statistics: 2004 Incidence and Mortality report, 20,095 women in the U.S. learned they had ovarian cancer in 2004,† and 14,716 women died from the disease.1 It is estimated that more than $2.2 billion‡ is spent on the treatment of ovarian cancer per year in the U.S.2
The number of women in the U.S. who develop or die from ovarian cancer each year varies by state. Find more information about ovarian cancer rates by state.
The rates for new ovarian cancer cases (incidence) have decreased or remained level for all ethnic groups, as follows:3
The rates for ovarian cancer deaths (mortality) have remained level for all ethnic groups, as follows:3
Find more information about ovarian cancer rates by race and ethnicity.
*Incidence counts cover approximately 98 percent of the U.S. population. Mortality counts cover 100 percent of the U.S. population. Use caution in comparing incidence and mortality counts.
Page last reviewed: March 14, 2008
Page last updated: March 14, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion