The American Cancer Society states that a woman with stage 4 ovarian cancer has a 17 percent chance of surviving past five years. By this stage, cancer growth has spread from one or both ovaries to other organs, such as the abdomen, liver, lungs, brain, spleen, bones or skin.
Ovarian cancer, if caught in stage IA or IB, has a 92 percent five-year survival rate. Unfortunately, the American Cancer Society cites that only 15 percent of women are diagnosed at this stage. Because symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to other ailments, it is difficult to pinpoint cancer as the cause. While genetic tests exist for women who have a family history of ovarian cancer, researchers continue their work to develop adequate screening tests for early detection.