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MIOCA Announces Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

November 2, 2014

To accomplish the significant goals of discovering an early detection test for ovarian cancer or developing improved treatments, researchers must be provided with the resources necessary to pursue innovative ideas.  
MIOCA is committed to collaborating with ovarian cancer researchers by allocating funds to support research here in the state of Michigan.  We are proud to announce the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant.
The submission deadline is now closed.  Thanks to all of the researchers who recently applied for MIOCA's grant funding.  Watch for an announcement to come soon.

Turn the Village Teal Video Shared by JoAnne Purtan

October 5, 2014

MIOCA's Turn the Village Teal event provided the opportunity for survivors and supporters to celebrate survival and pay tribute those women who have died from ovarian cancer.  MIOCA was honored to have WXYZ's JoAnne Purtan join us for the day.  JoAnne was inspired by what she saw and created this video of the event.

Livonia "Civic Center" turned teal for September

September 13, 2014

Bringing awareness to ovarian cancer is one goal of Livonia resident Margaret Kapolnek's with the addition of some new, temporary decor at Livonia's Civic Center campus.

Teal ribbons, which have been going up in towns across the country for eight years, is a national awareness project done locally by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which places the ribbons in cities and townships all throughout Michigan during September.  To read entire article, click here


September 12, 2014

MIOCA volunteer, Deanna Cosens, works tirelessly to educate and raise awareness of ovarian cancer.  Deanna was interviewed as part of a special series on cancer patients who give back.  Through this article and video , Deanna continues to educate the Detroit area.

MIOCA Turns the Village Teal to raise awareness - as seen on WXYZ

September 12, 2014

(WXYZ) - September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

Each year, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance "Turns the Village Teal" to raise awareness about the disease.

MIOCA's president Pam Dahlmann and secretary Michelle Shepherd joined us on 7 Action News This Morning on 20 to talk about the effort.

You can watch the entire interview here

Shake Your Teal Feather to fight ovarian cancer

September 7, 2014

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Grab those sneakers and bust out your teal clothing because next weekend is the Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk to fight ovarian cancer.

The fundraiser, benefitting the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, is Saturday at 2 p.m. at the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids.

Organizer Drew Parker talked about the event and the need to become involved.  Listen to what Drew has to say about the event and why he works with others to create a great day for attendees.  Register now for Shake Your Teal Feathers!

Locals turn Northville teal to raise awareness

August 21, 2014

Northville residents Terrie Karebian and Vicky Van Gorder have different stories in getting diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but they share the same battle to raise awareness and help others. To get the message out they kicked off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month a little early and participated in the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance / Turn the Towns Teal (R) event by wrapping teal-colored ribbons on light poles around downtown Northville. “We want others to have a better understanding of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and its diagnosis,” said Karebian on Aug. 18 before placing the ribbons along Main and Center streets. “It’s important to us on a very personal level and that’s why we are here today to begin raising even more awareness.”  Read full article here.

Calling all volunteers...Teal Ribbons coming to a neighborhood near you!

August 18, 2014

Once again MIOCA is partnering with Turn the Towns Teal to raise awareness during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Survivors and MIOCA supporters will be tying teal ribbons in many cities and towns across the state.  Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA president, states, "It is so important we make the most of this opportunity to educate and raise awareness of ovarian cancer.  For thirty days each year, we want a sea of teal."  The teal ribbons often provide a catalyst for conversation as people on the street ask for more information.  To tie ribbons in your area, please click here to see the schedule and contact information.

Webinar for Michigan Primary Care Asociation gets positive reviews

August 15, 2014

MIOCA is proud to have partnered with Dr. Carolyn Johnston, U of M gynecologic oncologist, and Ann Garvin, Michigan Dept of Community Health nurse consultant, on July 16 to educate primary care physicians about ovarian cancer.  The webinar received very positive reviews! Learn more about ovarian cancer by listening to the webinar.


June 2, 2014

Ignificant improvement with the use of a combination drug therapy for recurrent ovarian cancer was reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. “Of particular note is the fact that both drugs used in this trial are in pill form and could offer an alternative to intravenous chemotherapy,” said Percy Ivy, M.D., associate chief of NCI’s Investigational Drug Branch.

SGO & AACR Research News

April 26, 2014

Two major scientific conferences, the Society for Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), recently completed revealing a wealth of scientific research news about ovarian cancer. Read a summary of the highlights here.

Advocates' Hard Work Pays Off in Research Funding

February 10, 2014

The appropriation bill Congress recently passed for this fiscal year contains some good news for the ovarian cancer community. It allocates $20 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program - the amount the Alliance and our 6 MIOCA advocates requested from their legislators at Advocacy Day meetings last summer. CDC cancer control and awareness programs also received robust funding. Plus funding for both the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute--which typically fund around $100 million in ovarian cancer research yearly--will rise by around 3%.

Altered Estrogen Metabolism and Ovarian Cancer

January 2, 2014

Eleanor Rogan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska College of Public Health, believes that epithelial ovarian cancer is initiated by an imbalance in estrogen metabolism. In a study funded by the U.S. Dept of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program, UNMC researchers suggest physicians might be able to predict ovarian cancer in the near future based on measuring this imbalance.

Read more here.

Conflicts of BRCA Screening

January 1, 2014

While most survivors wonder why they developed ovarian cancer, for those who carry the BRCA genetic mutation, it helps to know there is a strong possibility this is the cause. Yet it raises many other questions and concerns for the future generations. Read more about the questions, difficulties, and conflicts in areas such as Israel where the highest populations of these genetic mutations reside.