MEDIA ADVISORY: Where women live impacts health: New report reveals unequal access to ovarian cancer care

September 10, 2015
Contact: Lisa Mauti (, 443-­845-­2626)

MEDIA ADVISORY: Where women live impacts health: New report reveals
unequal access to ovarian cancer care
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance says state lawmakers can make changes that
would improve care for the more than 21,000 women diagnosed each year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New findings reveal that, despite advances made by the Affordable Care Act, a woman’s access to ovarian cancer care and her health outcomes vary significantly depending on the state in which she lives. This groundbreaking report, “50 States of Teal: Ovarian Cancer Care Across America,” undertaken by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) is being released at a telephone briefing at 1 p.m. EST on September 23, 2015.

WHAT: Ovarian Cancer National Alliance telephone press briefing on “50 States of Teal: Ovarian Cancer Care Across America.”
WHO: Calaneet Balas, Chief Executive Officer, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Laura Koontz, Ph.D., Director of Policy, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Lisa Mauti, VP of Cause Marketing and Interim Director of Communications, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST
RSVP: To RSVP, contact Lauren Gray at Camino Public Relations ( 212-­255-­2575) with “RSVP” in the email subject line. Call-­in information will be provided to those who RSVP.

The cure rate for ovarian cancer has changed little over the last 40 years — despite new treatments and surgical techniques — because in too many states basic care still lags far behind. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is using this new data to issue a call to action to state lawmakers to make the changes needed to improve access to care for the over 21,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Policy solutions for women diagnosed with or at risk of ovarian cancer include Medicaid expansion, affordable access to contraceptives, increased access to quality specialty care and more.


The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer, connecting survivors, women at risk, caregivers and health providers with the information and resources they need. OCNA ensures that ovarian cancer is a priority for lawmakers and agencies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. OCNA works with the community to raise their voices on behalf of every life affected by this disease.

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