Sunday, February 3, 2013

Listen for the Whisper - Survivors Teaching Students

We hear the stories much too often - repeated visits to health care professionals before Ovarian Cancer diagnosis. Diagnosis at later stages, when the key to survival is early detection.

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has an instituted an education program for health professionals - Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives® - to bring ovarian cancer survivors into the classrooms and tell their stories of late stage diagnosis. Students - physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners as well as physicians assistants -  will hear the personal experiences of women and their path to diagnosis and survival. Understanding the disease beyond the statistics; by looking at the faces of the women who struggled to have their symptoms understood, will lead to earlier diagnosis,  more compassionate practitioners and better patient care.

This program brings to light the need for increased sensitivity towards symptom awareness in the medical profession. Watch the video and get more information at

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