Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin: September 21, 2016

September Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Survey Highlights Lack of

Awareness of Ovarian Cancer Signs And Symptoms

 Survey Also Highlights Reasons Why Women Aren’t Going To OBGYN



Medical Director
Department Of Gynecological Oncology
Holy Name Medical Center

A recent survey conducted by Genentech and The Foundation for Women’s Cancer found that three-quarters of women are not able to identify common ovarian cancer symptoms. An important way for women to better understand these signs and symptoms is by making an annual OBGYN appointment, because the symptoms for ovarian cancer—such asbloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly—can easily be confused with other common ailments. Futher, the survey also found that women were priortizing other obligations over an annual visit to the OBGYN, including work, family responsibilities and vacation plans, among others.

Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, Medical Director, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Holy Name Medical Center, is available on Wednesday, September 21st to talk to your listeners about key findings from the survey, treatment options and how to identify the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancers.

Key Findings:

  • 75% of women claim they are not able to identify symptoms of ovarian cancer
  • Only 16% of women say there is a high public awareness for ovarian cancer
  • Only 6% of women have brought up ovarian cancer with their OBGYN despite nearly all (89%) saying they are comfortable asking their OBGYNs about gynecological cancers

 Suggested Interview Questions:

  • What were some of the results of the survey?
  • How can we identify the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
  • What are the available treatment options for women with ovarian cancer?
  • Where can women diagnosed with ovarian go for support?
  • Where can listeners go for more information?

For more information, please visit www.ovarian.org


About Ovarian Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer in the United States. In 2016, more than 22,200 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. and more than 14,200 will die from the disease. Ovarian cancer typically develops in older women, with about half of all diagnoses occurring over the age of 63. A woman’s lifetime risk of getting the disease is approximately 1 in 75.

More About Dr. Sharyn Lewin:

Dr. Lewin is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ovarian, endometrial, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers. Her expertise includes complex, robotic and minimally invasive surgical procedures for a range of gynecologic cancers. She is a national educator on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, is the author of more than 100 publications and serves as an advocate for quality improvement in female-focused health care.

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