The omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress on December 17 includes funding for three ovarian cancer research and education programs. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance worked with thousands of advocates across the country to fight for federal funding for these programs. Thanks to these efforts, Congress has made the following appropriations for fiscal year 2012:
- $5 million for Johanna’s Law: The Gynecologic Education and Awareness Act, which received no funding in last year’s appropriations bill;
- $4.9 million for the Ovarian Cancer Control Initiative run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
- $16 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) run by the Department of Defense.
“This is a tremendous victory for women with ovarian cancer and those who love them,” noted Karen Orloff Kaplan, CEO of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. “An estimated 15,000 will die from ovarian cancer in 2012. We rely on federal funding to educate women about the risks, signs and symptoms of this disease, and to support innovative research projects that could lead to an early detection test or better treatments. Women across the nation are breathing a sigh of relief today that critical ovarian cancer research will continue, and educational programs begin anew.”
Eighty percent of women are diagnosed in the disease’s later stages, significantly decreasing the probability of successful treatment. This is due largely to the fact that so little is known about ovarian cancer.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1997.
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