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EP 919B Everything You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Summary: Only about 15 percent of women are diagnosed in the early stages of ovarian cancer, making it more difficult to treat and survive.
Air Date: 12/4/18
Duration: 21:29
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Andrea Herzberg
Andrea Herzberg is a 22-year survivor of late-stage ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed at age 39. Born in Brooklyn and educated in public schools, Andrea graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. As a news reporter, she worked for the Troy (New York) Times Record and United Press International. Her second career was in community policing. She retired as a sergeant from the Special Victims Division in 2011 after 26 years of diverse assignments with the NYPD.

Now, as coordinator of SHARE’s toll-free ovarian helpline, Andrea recruits and trains volunteers who are both compassionate listeners and passionate about helping callers find information, support and hope. Andrea feels privileged to know these women who use their own experiences with a life-threatening illness to help others.

Her husband, Andrew, a professor of English literature, facilitates SHARE’s caregiver support group. The couple has a daughter who works in theater production.
EP 919B Everything You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer may get less attention than breast cancer, but it still poses a major health risk for women. Only about 15 percent of women are diagnosed in the early stages, making it more difficult to treat and survive.

Ovarian cancer spokesperson Andrea Herzberg shares what it's like to be a 22-year survivor of late-stage ovarian cancer and how she stays healthy—despite having a BRCA gene mutation, which increases her cancer risk.

Signs of ovarian cancer can also mirror other less-serious illnesses, so Herzberg explains 3 ways women can know if their abdominal symptoms are normal or something worth seeing the doctor for.

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