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Who Nose about Ovarian Cancer?

You read it right! The “Nose” Knows, we hope!

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) continues to unleash innovative ways to raise awareness about the silent symptoms of the disease. Embracing the human animal bond and opening new communication channels through veterinarians with OCSA’s Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) was a first in the ovarian cancer awareness arena.

This month, we’ve added something rather special. Meet Ohlin! Ohlin, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, is being trained to identify odorants associated with ovarian cancer cells. Did you know a human has about 5 million scent receptors, while a dog can have between 125-300 million scent receptors depending upon the breed?

Ohlin’s scent receptors are being put to good use in the research being led by Penn Vet Working Dog Center and the Monell Chemical Senses Center and we need your support!

We are connecting the dots between OCSA, Pets and People with our partnership with The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. They are investigating using canine olfaction, along with chemical and nanotechnology analysis, to detect early stage ovarian cancer.

See Ohlin in action here:


Your Tax Deductible donations support Ohlin and OCSA—working to save lives.

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You can give in the name of one you’ve loved and lost or you can honor someone who is fighting that battle now!

$100 buys Ohlin dog bowls and dental hygiene products

$250 buys Ohlin an agility tunnel to ensure his fitness and peak performance

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OCSA Partners with the Veterinary Community.

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) is partnering with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) to raise awareness surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer through the new OCSA Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP).

The VOP offers a first-ever collaboration that is designed to open new channels of communication and raise awareness about the silent and often-ignored symptoms of ovarian cancer. With strong engagement and support from the Illinois Department of Public Health, leaders in the community and veterinary industry, will gather to recognize the Gateway Veterinary Clinic and clinic owner, Dr. Kurt Klepitsch, DVM, as the first official VOP partner at a private one-hour reception on Friday morning, January 25.
According to Peter Weber, executive director of the ISVMA, association members report that pet owners talking about their pet’s health often feel comfortable talking about their own health concerns.  Supplied with knowledge surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer, VOP members can exponentially increase the number of individuals receiving the message, and help to save lives.
The VOP will inform urban and rural veterinarians, veterinary clinicians, and veterinary discipline students about ovarian cancer and its silent symptoms including bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating and frequent or urgent urination.  Veterinarians and clinics can join the program for a nominal fee which covers costs for a start-up kit including educational displays and brochures regarding the silent symptoms, where to find more information, and how to find medical assistance.

November 6, 2012

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) launched an innovative new awareness program at the 130th Annual Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Lombard, IL on Sunday, November 4. The OCSA Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) mission is “fighting ovarian cancer with animal passion,” and seeks to engage and collaborate with the veterinary community members who have immediate access to individuals already inclined to discuss health issues in their presence.

Read the full press release here.