Facts

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  • Ovarian Cancer is not an uncommon disease; it occurs in 1 of every 71 women.
  • In 2017, almost 22,280 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and about 14,240 will die from the disease.
  • Ovarian Cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States and is the most deadly of the gynecological cancers.
  • Currently, 50% of women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer die from the disease within 5 years.
  • When diagnosed in advanced stages, the chance of 5-year survival is only 44%. Most women receive a diagnosis in an advanced stage.
  • When Ovarian Cancer is detected early, before it has spread beyond the ovaries, more than 90% of women will survive longer than 5 years. Sadly, only 19% of women are diagnosed in the early stages.
  • Ovarian Cancer is often difficult to diagnose because symptoms may be subtle, are easily confused with other diseases, and because there is no single, reliable, easy-to-administer screening tool.