Ovarian Cancer By The Numbers

  1. Each year, about 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
  2. Each year, about 14,000 women in the United States die from ovarian cancer.
  3. Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women in the United States.
  4. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer related deaths among women in the United States, after lung and bronchus, breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancers. 
  5. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers among women in the United States.
  6. In 2013, the incidence of ovarian cancer among women in West Virginia was 11.8 per 100,000.
  7. In 2013, the death rate from ovarian cancer among women in women was 7.5 per 100,000.
  8. Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths among women than any other cancer of the reproductive tract.
  9. A woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75.
  10. A woman’s risk of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100.
  11. About half of all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older.
  12. The 5 year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46.2%.
  13. According to a recent study, using talcum powders for feminine hygiene increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer among African-American women by 40% with genital use and 30% with only non-genital use.
  14. More than 1200 women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for talcum powder related ovarian cancers. 

Sources: 

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Ovarian Cancer Statistics available on line https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/statistics/   

CDC, Ovarian Cancer Rates By State available on line https://www. cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/statistics/state.htm

American Cancer Society, What Are the Key Statistics About Ovarian Cancer?  available online https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

NCI (National Cancer Institute), Cancer Stat Facts: Ovarian Cancer, available on line https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html

NBC News, Johnson & Johnson Case: Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Cancer? (May 3, 2016) available online http://www.nbcnews.com/…news/johnson-johnson-case-talcum-powder-really-cause-ca…

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