• Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer
  • Every year approximately 1,600 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, most of them with an advanced stage of the disease
  • On average 4 Australian women are diagnosed every day
  • One in 80 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime
  • Six out of 10 ovarian cancer cases occur in women over the age of 60
  • The average age of women at diagnosis is 63 years
  • The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age


  • Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in Australian women
  • Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of death from a gynaecological cancer


Every woman with ovarian cancer is treated as an individual case, depending on the stage of the disease and other personal factors. It is therefore very difficult to give a general prognosis. If the cancer is diagnosed and treated early, between 80-100% of patients will survive for more than five years. But only approximately 30% of women diagnosed at advanced stages will survive for more than five years.

  • Currently, the five year survival rate for Australian women with ovarian cancer is 43%
  • In comparison, the five year survival rate for breast cancer is 90%

References for Ovarian Cancer Statistic Information

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014. Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2014, Cancer series no. 78. Cat. no. CAN 75. Canberra: AIHW.
  2. AIHW, Cancer Australia 2012. Gynaecological cancers in Australia: an overview. Cancer series no. 70. Cat. no. CAN 66. Canberra: AIHW.
  3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2016. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books: Ovarian cancer. Canberra: AIHW. <>.