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
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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
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
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.