GRAPEVINE — The host of the "Dr. Oz" TV show came to Grapevine Saturday to tape a program about ovarian cancer.
Mehmet Oz wants to raise awareness about the early warning signs and risk factors for this deadly disease.
Participants in the taping at Grapevine Mills shopping mall got an education along with a television experience, first filling out a questionnaire.
It's all part of Dr. Oz's "Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer" campaign. Callada Childress was the first to arrive, grabbing a front row seat.
"I love the show because its so informational," she said.
Hundreds of women had an opportunity to meet with medical professionals to get their questions answered — real talk before the famous talk show host bounded onto the stage.
"When we do shows on ovarian cancer, we save lives," Dr. Oz said, addressing his TV audience with a serious tone, hoping to keep them hanging onto every word.
"This is very important," said Sharon McDonald, who has survived the disease. "This is very scary for everyone, too, and I'm only two-and-a-half years since diagnosis, so I'm still worried about it. There is always the 'what-if-it-comes-back' scenario."
So, this is not just a TV show, but a chance to show women this is a serious health threat.
"Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, 35 percent tell us that there doctors told them that they weren't important symptoms," Dr. Oz said.
The event prompted a mother, daughter, and grandaughter to learn the symptoms.
"I want to live long enough to see her children," said grandmother Lisa Capps. "No matter what kind of cancer, hopefully we won't get it, and hopefully other people learn from it"
Dr. Oz wanted to make sure his audience recognizes that ovarian cancer does not discriminate.
Although it is the hardest to detect in early stages, there are some common symptoms:
- pelvic or abdominal pain
- trouble eating or feeling full
- urinary urgency or frequency
The "Dr. Oz" episode on Ovarian cancer is scheduled to be broadcast September 21 at 4 p.m. on Channel 8.