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UK to Offer Free Ovarian Cancer Screenings
at Outreach Clinics

Contact: Tammy Gay

 

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer and is the fifth leading cause of death due to cancer in women. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all gynecological cancers. More women die from ovarian cancer than all other gynecologic cancers.

 

April 17, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky health care providers are bringing free ovarian cancer screenings closer to women’s homes.

The UK Ovarian Cancer Screening Outreach Program faculty, in conjunction with area health departments, are holding free ovarian cancer screenings in Elizabethtown, Somerset, Maysville and Prestonsburg.

“Transvaginal ultrasound can detect ovarian cancer early,” said John R. van Nagell Jr., M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, UK College of Medicine, who began the program in 1987. “Early stage ovarian cancer is curable, therefore, we are trying to detect the disease before it produces symptoms.”

All women over the age of 50, or women over the age of 25 with a documented family history of ovarian cancer, are eligible to participate.

The Ovarian Cancer Screening Program at UK Markey Cancer Center screens women using transvaginal sonography. During the examination, a small probe is placed in the vagina to determine the size and structure of the ovaries. The procedure is painless, radiation-free, and can be completed in five to 10 minutes. Participants are screened annually.

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer and is the fifth leading cause of death due to cancer in women. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all gynecological cancers. More women die from ovarian cancer than all other gynecologic cancers.

For an appointment, call (800) 766-8279.


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