UT Matters addresses ovarian cancer

April 9, 2009 | Features



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Manahan

Manahan

This month UT Matters discusses the seriousness of ovarian cancer and how it is sometimes overshadowed by the public awareness of breast cancer. Today, ovarian cancer is moving to the forefront, thanks in part to women becoming their own advocates.

According to Dr. Kelly Manahan, associate professor and vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at UT Medical Center, the most important thing women can do is get their annual pelvic exams and encourage friends and family to do the same.

“Talking with your doctor about anything abnormal is essential,” Manahan said. Although symptoms of ovarian cancer are not always present, the National Cancer Institute recognizes abnormal symptoms as possible indications of ovarian cancer.

Women at high risk or who are suspected of having ovarian cancer should get a blood test that detects protein levels, she said. This test helps indicate the presence of the disease. If ovarian cancer is detected, a CAT scan can confirm the results.

UT Medical Center provides women with all the services and information they need to fight ovarian cancer, including the skill of two gynecologic oncologists. From annual exams and genetic testing to leading-edge surgical techniques, UT is empowering women to take control of their health.

Learn more at utmatters.com.