What is the prevalence of ovarian cancer in the US?

Updated: Aug 10, 2020
  • Author: Andrew E Green, MD; Chief Editor: Yukio Sonoda, MD  more...
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In the United States, the incidence of ovarian cancer is 11.2 per 100,000 women per year, based on 2013-2014 cases. [27]  The incidence of ovarian cancer has decreased by about 1% per year since at least the mid-1970s among women younger than age 65, but only since the early 1990s in older women. [28]  Ovarian cancer is more common in whites than in blacks (11.7 versus 9.1 cases per 100,000 women per year, respectively). [27]

Epithelial ovarian cancer can occur in girls as young as 15 years, but the mean age at diagnosis is 63 years, and most cases are diagnosed in women 55-64 years of age. [27]  In the United States, the estimated lifetime risk is 1.25%. [5]


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