44 Statistics to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Facts and Figures for 2021

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest cancer of the female reproductive organs, outpacing all other forms of gynecological cancer.

Although rates of ovarian cancer have steadily declined in recent decades, more than 20,000 new cases are estimated in 2020.

Ovarian cancer risk is largely linked to age, genes and hormones. But did you know ovarian cancer also can develop because of occupational and secondhand exposure to asbestos?

It’s important to be familiar with ovarian cancer and its risk factors to ensure you and your loved ones stay healthy. The following statistics explain everything you need to know.

The State of Ovarian Cancer in the U.S.

Ovarian Cancer Demographics

Risk Factors, Causes and Prevention

Ovarian Cancer Linked to Talc and Asbestos

Early Detection and Staging

Life Expectancy, Survival and Treatment

Germ-Cell and Stromal Tumors

The Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness

While ovarian cancer is aggressive, research is helping improve prognoses.

A recent study found a drug that prevents ovarian cancer from recurring. Additionally, new blood tests can identify 90% of early-stage ovarian cancer, increasing the importance and effectiveness of regular screenings and early detection.

You can take the following steps to be proactive:

  • Stay aware of ovarian cancer risk factors.
  • Research your family history to see if you are at an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Ask your doctor about pelvic ultrasounds and blood tests to rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer as early as possible.

The Mesothelioma Center’s mission is to help spread awareness about mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers, including ovarian cancer. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to asbestos, talk to your doctor about screenings for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.