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Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

PAP Misinformation

In the past week two women have been surprised to learn from me that the PAP smear does NOT detect ovarian cancer. Both times these were opportunities for me to talk about ovarian cancer; its statistics and symptoms. They both knew that it is usually a terminal disease, but did not have an understanding why such was the case.

I am grateful that Dr. Oz has recently had television programs about ovarian cancer and developed a wonderful worksheet for women with possible symptoms. I encourage you to look at this worksheet at the website: www.ovariancanceronesheet.com. If a woman fills the sheet out according to her symptoms and takes it to her physician, hopefully it will alert the M.D. to pursue appropriate tests. I will be handing out copies at each of my book presentations so women can immediately see it as one tool we can use to help fight ovarian cancer.

My book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, is also a tool to teach, inform, and inspire women and their families. You can purchase it through my website: www.outshineovariancancer.com. Research is a key to finding cures and better screening methods, so 10% of all proceeds goes toward ovarian cancer research.

TOGETHER we can do this.


  1. I look forward to seeing the worksheet. The more information, the better.

  2. It is a wonderful worksheet and I encourage every woman to print a copy and use it as a tool to track symptoms.

  3. I am stunned when women don't know that the cervical smear does NOT detect ovarian cancer..but really, it's a no brainer. 'Cervical' says it all - nothing to do with the traitorous ovaries is it?

    Good luck with your book :)

  4. The lack of information or the misinformation is astounding. That is why I commend your efforts and wrote the book. Each time one of us speaks up, teaches, or writes blogs, articles or books we have an opportunity to help some woman.