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Uterine Cancer Clinical Study Offered Locally - Manal El Daouk, MD & Ashley C. Bernotas, MD seeking participants

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Uterine Cancer Clinical Study Offered Locally
Manal El Daouk, MD & Ashley C. Bernotas, MD seeking participants


PLATTSBURGH, NY (12/14/2018) – Dr. Manal El Daouk, OB/GYN and Ashley Bernotas, MD, Family Medicine Resident, are conducting a clinical research study to learn more about uterine, or endometrial cancer, and its connection with obesity. It’s part of a nationwide effort led by the American Institute for Cancer Research.  

“Uterine cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs,” explained Dr. El Daouk. “Being obese and sedentary increases a woman’s risk of developing it. The study is aimed at determining whether or not uterine screening should be an annual event, like mammograms or pap smears.”

Dr. Bernotas added, “Finding it early can improve survival rates.”

The physicians are looking for women to participate in the study. To be eligible, women must be at least 18 years old, have a BMI of 25 or higher (clinically obese), are not pregnant and are willing to be screened for uterine cancer and comply with the other study requirements. Women do not have to be current patients of either physician and there is no cost to participate in the study.

“Women who take part (in the study) will also learn about reducing their risk factors,” explained Dr. Bernotas.  

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. El Daouk practices at the CVPH Family Medicine Center, 159 Margaret St., Plattsburgh. After earning her medical degree from Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon, she completed two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology, one at Makassed General Hospital in Bierut and another at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West in New York City.  It was at her second residency that she became involved in this national study. 

Dr. Bernotas is a third year resident in the CVPH Family Medicine Residency program and will be practicing in the North Country after her June graduation.

To learn more about the study and eligibility, call the Family Medicine Center at (518) 314-3939 or email the physicians at or



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