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Ask the expert lecture highlights timely topic


GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 8, 2013) – A recent study found only one-third of women in the U.S. who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer receive adequate care or treatment.

The University of California, Irvine report points to widespread flaws in the care of women with this disease, which kills 15,000 a year in the United States. About 22,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Most of these are discovered at an advanced stage and require aggressive treatment.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center offers treatment and support services for women facing this deadly disease. Gynecological oncologist Dr. Shana Wingo is one of fewer than1,500 gynecologic oncologists in the United States who specializes in the treatment of cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine and vulvar cancer. Dr. Wingo will present a free community lecture on ovarian cancer at 6 p.m. on May 14 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

Dr. Wingo, a board-certified gynecological oncologist at Banner Thunderbird, will discuss symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for ovarian cancer, including how robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery is being used to treat ovarian cancer. Robotic-assisted surgery uses robotic arms that translate the surgeon's hand motions into finer and more precise movements. Dr. Wingo is trained and certified to perform this type of minimally-invasive surgery.

Check-in for the event will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. To register for the event, call 602-230-CARE.

Ovarian cancer is diagnosed most often in women over age 50 but can occur in younger women, too. The most decorated U.S. gymnast Shannon Miller announced her miracle pregnancy earlier this year after surviving ovarian cancer and undergoing years of treatment. She soared, vaulted and tumbled into gymnastics history in the Olympics 1992 and 1996, winning seven overall medals and all of our hearts.

Banner Thunderbird is located at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale. The lecture will take place in the lower level of the hospital in Conference Room 6. Refreshments will be served.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, Emergency care, behavioral health, cancer care and pediatrics including the West Valley’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric Emergency department and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals in seven states. For more information, please visit

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