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Established in 2011, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance strives to save women's lives by promoting the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes.  MIOCA raises awareness of ovarian cancer, provides resources and support to survivors and their families, advocates both locally and federally, educates Michigan communities, and funds innovative ovarian cancer research.

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Exciting News: MIOCA Symptom Video Released!

The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA) continues to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and increase the public's understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms so women seek medical attention sooner. For several years, volunteers with MIOCA's SPEAK (Survivors Promoting Early Awareness & Knowledge) program have shared myths, facts, symptoms, and risk factors of the disease. SPEAK audience members have expressed gratitude to the survivors who share their stories which put a face to an often misunderstood disease. 

To greatly increase MIOCA's educational reach, a symptom video has been created to provide the critically important information. The video highlights the four symptoms which are statistically shown to occur more often in females with ovarian cancer as compared to the general public. Additionally, viewers will learn when to see a doctor and what tests experts recommend if symptomatic. Michelle Shepherd, SPEAK coordinator, states, “We have heard from many people that hearing first-hand accounts of ovarian cancer symptoms from survivors makes the information memorable. Our hope is that this video will not only educate viewers, but also promote early detection.” 

Click here to view MIOCA's symptom video

A special thank you to Dr. Kevin Reynolds, U of M Gynecologic Oncologist and MIOCA Medical Advisory Board Member, and the survivors who all generously volunteered their time to be a part of this video. It’s so important that every woman knows the symptoms of ovarian cancer so please send this video to the women you love. To learn more about MIOCA’s SPEAK program, or how you can be involved, contact Michelle Shepherd at MichelleShepherd@MIOCA.org