This year approximately 24,000 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and death will claim 14,500. Why will so many women die? They were diagnosed in late stages of the cancer. Early ovarian cancer has few symptoms and those symptoms are typical of other maladies. Symptoms like bloating, increased abdominal size, abdominal pain, or pelvic pressure – all of which follow a large Thanksgiving dinner.
Who is most at risk? Women over 50, or women who are older than 25 with a family history of ovarian cancer. Some other risk factors are no children, self history of breast cancer, race, and infertility drug use.
What can you do to decrease your risks? Report symptoms to your doctor. Promote your health through persistence and partnership with your doctor. Understand that some women never have symptoms, though. SO if you are over 50, or the age of 25 with a family history of ovarian cancer, do what 34,500 women have done more than 180,000 times. Participate in the FREE University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Screening Program championed by Dr. Ed Pavlik.
The quick and painless test involves the use of Trans Vaginal Ultrasound (TVU). Sound waves create a picture of the ovaries so that even small tumors can be detected.
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I have participated in the program twice. My 50th birthday gave me cause to make an appointment. I went back again this year. It is one of the easiest diagnostic tests I’ve ever taken. A guard welcomed me to the facility. Parking was close to the building and free. I filled out my paperwork when I arrived in the office and placed it in the designated bin. My female technician called me within ten minutes and took me to a private examination room where I undressed from the waist down. The test is similar to a pap exam without scraping of the cervix. It was not painful. After five minutes I was cleared. It was that easy.
A dear friend participated in the test a couple years ago. She was referred to another physician because of something unusual that showed up. Turns out, my friend had uterine cancer. With no symptoms. Her cancer would not have been discovered early without the precipitous insight of TVU. I believe I enjoy the comfort of this wonderful friend because of UK's Ovarian Cancer Screening Program.
Take charge of your health and call today. Tell all the eligible women you know to make an appointment. It won’t cost you anything except a little time.
Call 800-766-8279 or 859-323-4687
You can get more information at http://ovarianscreening.info