New York, New York (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in American women. Approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed annually and 14,000 die from the disease. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and Mount Sinai experts are sharing tips on prevention.
Expert Available for Interview
David A. Fishman, MD, Professor and Fellowship Director in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine is available for media interviews. Dr. Fishman is Director of the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
The most important tip is to determine whether or not you have a family history of ovarian cancer, and, if you do, to consider genetic testing and possibly surgery. Because there is no effective surveillance technique for the detection of early stage ovarian cancer, genetic testing and surgery can be life-saving, according to Dr. David Fishman. “For women who have tested positive for a BRCA mutation, who are at risk for developing ovarian cancer, one option is prophylactic surgery, in which the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed, to prevent developing ovarian cancer,” he says. “A formal genetic evaluation by a board-certified genetic counselor or geneticist is recommended for any individual (male or female) who has a family history of relatives with breast or ovarian cancer.”
Facts About Ovarian Cancer
Tips for Ovarian Cancer Prevention
Mount Sinai’s National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program (NOCEDP) offers high-risk individuals formal genetic evaluation (including BRCA analysis), three-dimensional sonography, experimental serum tests, and physical examination every six months. To learn more, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/obgyn-and-reproductive-services/research/national-ovarian-cancer-early-detection-program and also http://youtu.be/InQcgH6jGKA.