Some people use statistical reports to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, you can't use statistics to know or predict what will happen to you.
These are some 2012 statistics about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society:
About 22,280 women will be told they have ovarian cancer in the United States this year.
Ovarian cancer accounts for nearly 3 percent of all cancers among women. A woman's lifetime risk of getting invasive ovarian cancer is about 1 in 71.
Ovarian cancer survival rates vary by age: women younger than 65 are twice as likely to survive five years (57 percent) after diagnosis as women ages 65 and older (27 percent).
An estimated 15,500 women will die of ovarian cancer in 2012.
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