BERNARDS – A program on “Ovarian Cancer: Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment” will be offered Tuesday, May 8, at the Bernards Township Library, located at 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge. Light refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m. Participation is free but registration is requested.
The session is being presented by the Bernards Township Health Department in conjunction with the Chronic Disease Coalition of Morris and Somerset Counties, Morristown Medical Center and Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The program date, May 8, is World Ovarian Cancer Day.
To register, contact the Bernards Township Health Department at email@example.com or (908) 204-2520. For more information, visit www.bernardshealth.org
The American Cancer Society estimates over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. It ranks fifth among cancer deaths in women and is the most deadly of all the gynecologic cancers. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent.
Allison Wagreich, MD, an ob-gyn oncologist with the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center Atlantic Health Systems, will present information about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.
Stephanie Pachter, MS, LGC, a licensed genetic counselor with the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Atlantic Health Systems, will discuss the influence of genetics in development and diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
Representatives from Kaleidescope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for ovarian cancer research, will talk about ovarian cancer from the survivor’s perspective.