What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a growth of abnormal malignant cells that begins in the ovaries (women’s reproductive glands that produce eggs). Cancer that spreads to the ovaries but originates at another site is not considered ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is a serious and under-recognized threat to women’s health…

  • Ovarian cancer kills more women than all the Gynecologic Cancers combined.
  • Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.
  • In the United States ovarian cancer occurs in 1 in 71 women. There are presently over 186,000 women living in the US that have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • In 2014, over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 14,000 will die of the disease.

The median age of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 63, which means that over half the women are under that age when the disease is identified.