Who Gets Ovarian Cancer?
- In 2018, 709 cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in Ohio.
- Ovarian cancer is most frequently diagnosed among women aged 55-64.
- Ovarian cancer incidence rates decreased 31% in Ohio from 2009 (13.6 per 100,000 females) to 2018 (9.4 per 100,000 females).
- Ovarian cancer incidence was higher among white women than Black women in Ohio in 2018.
Ovarian Cancer Deaths
- Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women.
- In 2019, 504 deaths due to ovarian cancer occurred in Ohio.
- Ovarian cancer death rates decreased 36% in Ohio from 2010 to 2019.
- Only 26% of ovarian cancers in Ohio were diagnosed early (at a local stage) in 2018.
- 96% of women diagnosed with local stage ovarian cancer that has not spread SURVIVE 5 YEARS or more. Estimate based on Ohio cases diagnosed in 2011-2017.
- Only 29% of women diagnosed with distant stage ovarian cancer that has spread to other parts of the body SURVIVE 5 YEARS or more. Estimate based on Ohio cases diagnosed in 2011-2017.
- Signs and symptoms may include vaginal bleeding, pain or pressure in the pelvic area, abdominal or back pain, bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, or urinary urgency or frequency.
- There currently is no recommended screening test for ovarian cancer. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, see your healthcare provider.
- Several factors may increase a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer, including:
- Family history: Risk is higher among women who have close family members (mother, daughter, or sister) with a history of ovarian cancer.
- Genetic mutations: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations cause an increased lifetime risk of ovarian cancer.
- Personal history of cancer: Women who have a personal history of breast cancer have a higher risk.
- Age: Ovarian cancer risk increases with age. Approximately half of all ovarian cancers are diagnosed in women older than 65.
- Never pregnant: Women who have never been pregnant have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
- See also: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/index.htm and https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer.html.
Cancer reports and fact sheets are available on the Cancer Data and Statistics web page.
Sources: Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System and Bureau of Vital Statistics, Ohio Department of Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); American Cancer Society.