Ovarian Cancer Epidemiology in the U.S.

Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic cancer.1 It causes more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer, but it accounts for only about 3% of all cancers in women. The highest incidence is among white women.

  • 21,161 new cases were diagnosed in 2014 (rate = 11.0 per 100,000 women).1
  • 14,195 deaths in 2014 (rate = 7.0 per 100,000 women).1
  • The five-year survivial rate for women diagnosed between 2007 and 2013 is 46.7%.2

Fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancers are less incident cancers that are similar to ovarian cancers, with similar risk factors, symptoms, and clinical management.


1U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2014 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2017.

2Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Miller D, Bishop K, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2014, Table 21.8. pdf icon[PDF-316KB]external icon National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, based on November 2016 SEER data submission posted to the SEER Web site in April 2015.