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Cervical and Ovarian Health Awareness-Diagnosis and Treatment for Gynecological Cancers


Gynecological cancers are some of the most common causes of cancer deaths for women. On Wednesday, March 1, Frederick Regional Health System will host a special Cervical and Ovarian Health Awareness seminar. This free community event will feature topics on gynecological cancers, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Cervical and Ovarian Health Awareness—Diagnosis and Treatment for Gynecological Cancers

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Price: FREE

Location: FMH Crestwood Conference Center, 2nd Floor, 7211 Bank Court, Frederick, MD

Registration Info: Call 240-566-4483 or email

Featured Speakers: Dr. Gerrit Schipper, Obstetrics/Gynecology Specialist, Capital Women’s Care; Dr. Patrick Mansky, Director of Medical Oncology, Oncology Care Consultants; and Cathie Duncan, Co-Chair, NOCC Frederick Chapter, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

According to the American Cancer Society, about 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017—another 12,820 will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Of these women, 18,290 won’t survive.

Seminar speaker Cathie Duncan, 61, is a four-year ovarian cancer survivor. When Duncan first began having menstrual cramps in 2012, she went to her primary care doctor. Duncan had a sonogram, which came back normal, and was then referred to a gynecologist for additional testing. A pap smear came out irregular, so she was recommended to have a D&C (dilation and curettage test).

The D&C results were normal, but she still experienced cramping, bloating, and pain when urinating. Finally, she asked her doctor to test her for ovarian cancer. It took six months, a CT scan, and several doctors before Duncan was diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer.

Today, she has no evidence of disease and she’s sharing her story—and the need for early detection and screenings—with women in Frederick County. “I’m very persistent and assertive, and I think women need to be,” she says. “When you have a problem, you need to make sure that your doctor listens to you. And, be aware of the signs and symptoms, but most women aren’t.”

She says it’s important that women understand the acronym BEAT—bloating that is persistent, eating less and feeling fuller, abdominal pain, and trouble with your bladder and bowels.

“When you experience these over a period of time—four to six weeks—go to your doctor,” she says. “If you don’t get the answers that you want and still have problems, go to another doctor. Listen to your body. If you feel that something is wrong, then follow up.”

Cathie will discuss her story, the common symptoms of ovarian cancer, and more during the seminar. To register for the event, call 240-566-4483 or email

Interpreters are available by advance request. Please call 240-566-4370.

Categories: Women's Health, Cancer