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Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives®

This program was created by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) as an innovative and critical national effort to educate students in health professional programs on ovarian cancer.  The goal is to increase the number of health care providers who recognize the symptoms of and risk factors for ovarian cancer so that the disease is detected earlier.  With support from the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Vermillion and the Rosenthal Family Foundation, it is available at no cost to the school and its students.

The goal of Survivors Teaching Students is for future physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants to be able to diagnose the disease when it is in its earlier, most treatable stages. This program brings ovarian cancer survivors into the classroom, where they present their unique stories along with facts about the disease. Students are able to interact with and learn from actual patients.

Survivors Teaching Students is offered in 88 medical schools, 74 nursing schools, 12 Nurse Practitioner schools, 22 Physician Assistant schools, 8 allied health programs. In the United States it reaches 34 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands; the program is also offered in the United Kingdom and Canada.  In 2014, the program educated 9,799 students, a 24% increase over the previous year.