How many women get ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women (not counting skin cancer). It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States in 2009, and about 14,600 women will die this year because of the disease. Around two-thirds of women with ovarian cancer are 55 or older. It is slightly more common in white women than African-American women. A woman’s risk of getting invasive ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71. Her lifetime chance of dying from invasive ovarian cancer is about 1 in 95. (These statistics do not count LMP tumors.