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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY and Dr. Oz want you to be aware of your health. That’s why we are wearing teal ribbons to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

The disease, commonly referred to as “the silent cancer” is rare, but it can be deadly because it is so hard to detect.

“For every three women that are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, two of them are going to die,” said Dr. Lucy Beth Nieves, an oncologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “For that reason, we want the general public to be aware.”

There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. That is why doctors say they usually don’t catch the cancer until it has advanced to stage three of four.

Dr. Nieves says it is important to be aware of the symptoms, like bloating and a sore abdomen, but it can be hard to pinpoint the causes.

“It’s not like other conditions like cervical cancer that we do pap smears or breast cancer that we do mammograms,” she said. “With this type of disease, without screening tests, we need to count on patients’ symptoms, and the symptoms can be very vague.”

Nieves says they are making progress right here in Wilmington by conducting clinical trials to help women fighting ovarian cancer. She says these trials are beneficial to patients in the Cape Fear, because they can stay close to home and still get help.

“They will receive the same treatment here than if they go to the Cleveland Clinic or they go to New York,” Nieves said. “So sometimes it will be easier for the patient to stay local and receive the treatments here.”

The number one advice that doctors can give is be aware of your own body and if you feel that anything is wrong, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Experts say do not panic if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, because they could be linked to other issues.

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  • Brenda Davis

    I don’t like the way you moved Judge Judy,Dr.Oz should be on in the morning.I will not watch this station again.Brenda

  • Guest

    Judge Judy? Are you serious? Out of all the problems in the world that you could post about, this is what concerns you most? That you’re not happy with how they moved your TV shows around?

    Jeeeezzzzz….Ignorance is not bliss. Bliss is ignorance of one’s ignorance.

  • Just because we like Judge Judy and are not interested in Dr. Ozz doesn’t mean we are ignorant! You are the one that is ignorant. If we want to know anything about medical problems, we can look on the internet anytime but we cannot watch Judge Judy anytime. Different strokes for different folks!!

  • Guest

    The internet is a useful tool in some cases but can give misguided information. Also, anyone can post information and appear to be an expert. A real doctor is best for discussing and diagnosing medical issues.

  • Guest666

    If you prefer Judge Judy reruns to information that might save your life, you will have a hard time convincing most folks that you are among the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree.

  • Guest1

    You’re missing the point. It doesn’t matter if it’s Judge Judy, Dr. Ozz, Oprah, or Maury. The point is that they’re ALL just TV shows.

    It’s not the end of the world! If they move your favorite show to a different time slot, just wait…pretty soon they’ll show the re-runs and you won’t have missed a thing.

    Geezzzz people, you really need to get a life…and, judging from your post, some serious education (unless you’re a child, and then it’s understandable).

  • We know all this is important but when is Judge Judy coming back to 4:00 on WWAY so I can adjust my schedule?

  • mechak

    See a doctor, sure — The doctor said “yes you do have a tumor, but don’t worry because it is so big it couldn’t possible be cancer” He said “Don’t worry the symptoms could be anything”. Therefore there was no rush to look after the situation and it was left all summer with no treatment.She went through surgery and chemo in the fall of 2002 then they said “Sorry”, “you have only three months to live”, “there is no more we can do”

    She was 45 years old,she did natural medicine, organic foods , moved to clean air and good water, We as a family exhausted all avenues we knew about, read books, the internet, attended meetings mostly on foods and lifestyle, took and partnered in treatments of all kinds Her body changed internally as she suffered horribly every minute especially near the end. OUR DEAR DAUGHTER PASSED AWAY NOV.2010
    SEE A DOCTOR – ASK A DOCTOR ///???///

  • Guest340

    Trust me, folks…a show concerning how to detect any form of cancer is far more important than any Judge Judy or any other program. I can’t believe a couple of the responses. I will assure you, they are not victims of cancer or have a loved one with it. They would see things in a different light and never made such an outrageous and ignorant remark. My wife has been battling this particular type of cancer for over 2 years. So far, things look pretty promising thanks to some great doctors. There is however, 2 tests for ovarian cancer. One is the CA125, which is nowhere near conclusive, but will raise a red flag. The other is the HE4, which is specifically for ovarian cancer. Both are simple tests that can be done with a regular blood test. Google them and learn for yourself.


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