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An alarming report issued recently by The National Cancer Institute reveals that there were an estimated 21,980 cases of ovary cancer diagnosed in the US in 2014. And of those cases, an estimated 14,270 women died from the disease. Further, based on data gathered through the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Result Program (SEER) from 2009-2011, it is estimated that 1.3% of all women in the US will be diagnosed with ovary cancer at some point during their lifetime. In 2011, there were an estimated 188,867 women living with ovary cancer in the United States, according to the NCI report. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html
The study does qualify the report by pointing out that survival statistics, given the large number of people on which the data is based, cannot be used to accurately predict what will happen to women who are diagnosed with the disease in the future given that no two patients are alike, and response to treatment can vary from patient-to-patient.
According to the NCI SEER study, when compared to other cancers, ovary cancer is the twelfth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Comparatively, there were an estimated 232,670 female breast cancer cases reported in 2014, which resulted in 40,000 deaths; 224,210 cases of lung and bronchial cancers diagnosed the same year, resulting in 159,260 deaths; and, 136,830 diagnosed cases of colon and rectum cancer in 2014.
The percentage of deaths per thousand cases of colon and rectum cancer diagnosis is significantly higher than other cancers, with more than 1 in 3 people diagnosed with colon and rectum cancer eventually dying from the disease.
While relatively rare when compared with other forms of cancer, women with a family history of ovarian cancer are at an increased risk of getting the disease. Ovary cancer death rates also generally increase with age: Women between the ages of 55-64 are at the highest risk of being diagnosed with ovary cancer accounting for 23.9% of all reported cases (the median age at diagnosis at 63); 20.7% between the ages of 65-74; 18.6% between 45-54 and 16.6% between 75-84.
The SEER report also point out that ovary cancer is not a disease that discriminates by race and ethnicity: White women account for 8.2% percent of all deaths due to ovary cancer; African American women 6.6%; American Indian/Alaska Native 6.9%; Hispanic women 5.6%; Asian/Pacific Islander 4.7%; and non-Hispanic women 8.1%.
The report does cite one positive statistic: Rates for new ovary cancer cases have been steadily falling on average 1.1% each year over the last 10 years. And, death rates from the disease have been falling on average 2.0% each year from 2002 to 2011.
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