Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer among American women and the fifth leading cause of cancer death. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates 20,180 women will be diagnosed with the cancer. About 15,310 will die from it.
Ovarian cancer is more common after menopa use. Although it can occur in younger women, about 66 percent of affected women are 55 and older. The cancer is also slightly more common in white women than in African-American women. Some other risk factors include: beginning menstruation before 12, menopause after 50, having no children, having a first child after 30 or long-term use of fertility drugs. Personal history of breast cancer or a family history of ovarian, breast or colorectal cancer is also associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer.