As of 2015, around 21,290 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 14,180 deaths are also expected to occur in 2015 due to the disease. It ranks as the fifth most common cause of death related to cancer among women and accounts for more deaths than any other type of cancer of the female reproductive system.
The five-year survival rate among women with ovarian cancer is the percentage of survivors who lasted at least five years after being diagnosed, reports Cancer.net. As of 2015, the overall five-year survival rate is 45 percent, but this figure varies depending on the age of the patient and the stage or extent of the cancer. Ovarian cancer that is found and treated before the disease spreads outside the ovaries has a five-year survival rate of 92 percent. If the cancer has already spread to surrounding tissues or organs, the survival rate drops to 72 percent. Once the cancer spreads to distant parts of the body, the five-year survival rate then drops to 27 percent.
Ovarian cancer usually occurs in older women, and around half of those diagnosed with the condition are 63 years old and above, according to the American Cancer Society. The disease occurs more frequently in Caucasian women than in African-American women.