LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center is promoting its ovarian cancer screening program as a way for the disease to be detected early.
Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear and female lawmakers are among those urging women to take advantage of the screenings.
UK officials say the free examinations have been given to more than 41,000 Kentucky women, including women from every county in the state.
Through the screenings, university officials say 558 ovarian tumors and 86 malignancies have been detected.
Screenings are currently being performed in Lexington, Elizabethtown, Somerset, Prestonsburg, Maysville, Paducah and Greenup.
The program is an ongoing, 26-year research study showing that annual screening continues to detect ovarian cancer at an earlier stage than is possible with a clinical examination. Ovarian cancer is ranked fifth among cancer killers for American women.