Kentucky First Lady Encourages Ovarian Cancer Screenings At UK

Oct 22, 2013

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear was joined by a host of female legislators at UK Tuesday to spotlight the benefits of ovarian cancer screenings.

First Lady Jane Beshear
First Lady Jane Beshear

In 1987, UK’s Dr. John van Nagell began a 26-year study at the Markey Cancer center to investigate whether transvaginal sonography, or TVS, could be an effective way of screening for ovarian cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to detect.

UK officials say those women involved in the screening program had a 75 percent survival rate, compared with only 47 percent for those who have not taken part.

"Unlike other major women's cancers, there is no standardized screening test, no guidelines for ovarian cancer. This study that Dr. van Nagell has been working on for these many years is the largest institutional ovarian cancer screening in the U.S.," Beshear said.

Screenings are performed for women age 50 and older for free in Lexington, Elizabethtown, Greenup, Somerset, Prestonsburg, Maysville, and Paducah.