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SummeRun Survivors 2017

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States and the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.

While survival rates for other women’s cancers—like breast and cervical cancer—have increased dramatically of late, the incidence and mortality of ovarian cancer have changed only incrementally over the past 50 years. This is primarily due to the lack of an accurate early detection test for the disease.

When caught in its earliest stages, ovarian cancer survival rates can be as high as 90%. But early symptoms of ovarian cancer are difficult to diagnose, are often misdiagnosed, or go undetected. This means nearly 75% of all ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed in advanced stages.

Some other important figures:

  • Seven in ten women die within five years of diagnosis
  • The long-term disease-free survival rate for advanced ovarian cancer is only 10%
  • A woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer every 3½ hours
  • In Washington state, a woman dies every day of ovarian cancer