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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Ovarian cancer occurs in 1 in 55 women at any age.
  • This year, 23,100 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 14,000 women will die.
  • Detected early and treated properly, more than 95% of women survive longer than 5 years.
  • Pap tests DO NOT detect ovarian cancer.

  • Abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort or pelvic pain
  • Nausea, indigestion, or gas
  • Urinary frequency, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Unusual fatigue, backaches
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse

*Don't panic! Many women have some of these symptoms from time to time. If the symptoms do not subside but instead, increase over time - read on!

  • Have an annual vaginal/rectal pelvic exam.
  • If you have symptoms that are persistent or are at high risk, ask for a transvaginal ultrasound and a CA125 blood test.
  • If ovarian cancer is suspected, consult a Gynecologic Oncologist - a Specialist in treating gynecological cancers.

How can I reduce my risk?
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding
  • Tubal ligation
  • Hysterectomy
  • Removal of the ovaries

What puts a woman at higher risk?
  • Family or personal history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer
  • Not bearing children
  • Increasing age

Where can I get more information?
If I am diagnosed with ovarian cancer, what sources are available for my support?
  • Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, www.ovariancancer.org or OCNA@ovariancancer.org 202-331-1332

  • Conversations (An ovca Newsletter), www.ovarian-news.org 806-355-2565

  • Coping Magazine 615-790-2400

  • SHARE, 212-719-1204

  • ACOR (Assoc of Cancer Online Resources), online support group, www.acor.org (Click on mailing list and scroll to ovca)

How do I contact a Gynecological Oncologist in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma City Gynecological Oncologist at the OU Medical Center may be reached
at 405-271-8707.

They are:
  • Dr. Robert Mannel, M.D.
  • Dr. Joan Walker, M.D.
  • Dr. Scott McMeekin, M.D.
  • Dr. Kathleen Moore, M.D.
Where are they located?

OU Physician's Building, NE 10th & Phillips,
East on Lincoln, 5th Floor

Very convenient covered parking garage.

What Is A Gynecologic Oncologist?
A Gynecologic Oncologist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs.