Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3 percent of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. In cases of cancer, instead of “cure,” medical practitioners and others instead talk of survival rates. The American Cancer Society says that if ovarian cancer is treated before the cancer has spread outside the ovary, the five-year relative survival rate is 92 percent. However, only 15 percent of all ovarian cancers are found at this early stage. When considering all types of ovarian cancer and cancer found at each stage, the five-year relative survival rate is 45 percent. The five-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least five years after their cancer is diagnosed. Women diagnosed when they are younger than 65 respond better to treatment than older women.
Data uncovered in the pursuit of talcum powder lawsuits reveal that some 2,200 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talc and that 10 percent or more of all ovarian deaths are attributable to talc.