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ANNANDALE RESIDENT TO APPEAR ON THE DR. OZ SHOW

Annandale, VA resident Jocelyne Miller is scheduled to appear on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday May 3, 2010 to discuss her experience with ovarian cancer.

The segment is called “Silent Cancers in Women,” and will feature Miller, along with a pancreatic cancer survivor and an esophageal cancer survivor.  Dr. Oz will highlight the symptoms of these three cancers, and discuss how women can learn to recognize the quiet, subtle signs as early as possible.

Miller was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005 at the age of 31. She was having trouble conceiving, and a visit to a reproductive endocrinologist led to an ultrasound that found a mass.  Surgery and chemotherapy followed.

Although Miller experienced the early symptoms of the disease, such as bloating and frequent urination, she ignored them, assuming they were related to overeating and drinking too much water. Had she known what the symptoms of ovarian cancer were when she was experiencing them, she would have visited her doctor sooner, she said. 

Today Miller volunteers with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) so that she can help raise awareness and increase education about ovarian cancer. That is why she was particularly happy to appear on The Dr. Oz Show.  “I truly appreciate the opportunity to speak about the symptoms of ovarian cancer on a national stage.” Miller said. “I want to be a walking reminder for people to pay attention to anything unusual in their bodies.  It’s so important that ovarian cancer is caught early.”

Miller, who works for an accounting firm, will also be taking part in the Northern Virginia Chapter’s “Walk/Run To Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” on Saturday, May 8 at the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA.  Miller participates in the Walk each year, along with her husband and two young children, both of whom were conceived after her ovarian cancer diagnosis.

ABOUT THE NOCC

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to raise awareness and increase education about ovarian cancer. More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease.  Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor.  However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. For more information, please visit www.ovarian.org or call Ronni Blaisdell at 973-944-0719.

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