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The Survival Statistics of a Patient Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer

December 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 120

In the United States, doctors are required to report all diagnosis made of cancer to a state registry. The federal government oversees registries of 45 states as well as the three territories and the District of Columbia, all though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program of Cancer Registries.

As far as the remaining five statewide cancer registries are concerned, the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program started by the National Cancer Institute oversees and funds them.

The Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program by NCI provides ovarian cancer statistics on frequent basis that are based on actual data and are age-adjusted. According to the American Cancer Society (2008), in 2011, approximately "21,990 new cases will be diagnosed, out of which 15, 460 will die in the United States."

According to the provided data, there hasn't been seen an improvement in the mortality rates in ovarian cancer statistics in forty years since the Unites States declared the "War on Cancer." Nonetheless, other cancer types have shown substantial reduction in mortality rate because of the availability of early diagnostic technology and improved treatments. Sadly, ovarian cancer is still the most dangerous of all the gynecological cancers, which is why it offers bleak hope as yet.

About 177,578 women were alive in the Unites States who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to the SEER program report on January 1, 2008.

According to the statistics, this type of cancer has been identified as the 5th most common cause of cancer related deaths among females, and in overall rating, it's the 9th most common cancer among females since it accounts for about 3% cancer in women. Another important fact to be mentioned here is that the NCI reports the mortality rates to be slightly higher among Caucasian women as compared to African-American women.

The risk of developing an invasive ovarian cancer in the lifetime of a woman is 1 in 71. The chance or dying from an invasive cancer is approximately 1 in 95. There is no particular age associated with ovarian cancer. NCI statistics show that about 8% women are diagnosed at the age of 85 and above, 18.2% are diagnosed at the ages between 75 and 84, 19.7% women are diagnosed between 65 and 74, 23.1% of women popular is diagnosed between the ages 55 and 64, 19.1% are diagnosed between 65 and 74 and 3.5 % are diagnosed between 20 and 34. The lowest risk is for women under the age of 20 among who only 1.2% are diagnosed.

The survival rate varies depending on the cancer stage. If it's an early stage cancer, there's a higher five-year survival rate than those diagnosed at later stages.

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