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The Challenge:

Ovarian Cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States and currently, there is no screening test for the early detection of ovarian cancer.

Our Mission:

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego
was founded by Peg Ford, ovarian cancer survivor, and Kathy Hagan, who lost her mother to ovarian cancer. OCA of San Diego is committed to eradicating ovarian cancer by working towards advancing cancer research and education of the medical community for early diagnosis, improving the quality of care for patients, and addressing legislative issues that affect evidence-based ovarian cancer care and research.

How We Take Action

Explore our website to learn about our dedicated volunteers and members, our multi-faceted advocacy efforts and relevant advances and resources for information about ovarian cancer, and opportunities to participate.
Click on the link below to download a PDF of our brochure.
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Congresswoman Susan Davis honors Ovarian Cancer Survivors with a special presentation for their
efforts to impact change in medical community!

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Team members of the
"Survivors Teaching Students Program® (STS)" of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) facilitated in San Diego County
by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance (OCA) of San Diego met with Congresswoman Susan Davis.

OCNA's nationwide program was implemented by Peg Ford, President of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance (OCA) of San Diego, at UCSD School of Medicine for Third Year Medical Students and further expanded the program to currently eleven schools of nursing.

From the first presentation to UCSD School of Medicine in December 2008 through 2013, OCA of San Diego has helped to educate the medical community through making 100 STS presentations to over 2,660 third year medical students and residents, nursing students, practicing medical physicians and healthcare providers throughout San Diego County.

Representative Davis took the opportunity to acknowledge and present a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
to each of the volunteer team members. The Certificate states "for your work educating and providing support to the medical community through the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance's Survivors Teaching Students Program."

In addition in 2013, OCA of San Diego launched an inventive community outreach program HEAR™, If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now, for groups and organizations to raise ovarian cancer awareness with the goal to reach and empower women to be informed about the importance of early detection of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Alliance (OCA) of San Diego is committed to eradicating ovarian cancer by working towards education of the medical community for early diagnosis, improving the quality of care for patients, advancing cancer research and addressing legislative issues that affect evidence-based cancer care and research. In this regard, Peg Ford recently received new honors with election to the steering committee of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N)/North America and as patient advocate for National Cancer Institute (NCI) Ovarian Cancer Task Force.