About Us

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness (OCSA) was launched in January 2010 to educate both women and men about this deadly disease, one which is the number one gynecologic cancer killer of women.


Mission Statement

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) works to expand public awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to the early detection of this deadly disease, and by doing so, save lives. We educate women and their families on the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer that are often ignored and can all too quickly turn into advanced stages of cancer that are very difficult to treat.

OCSA, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by Chicagoans Susan and Rick Roman and their friend, Vallie Szymanski, after Susan was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer in August of 2009. Determined to beat the disease that claimed her beloved mother in 1976, she has passionately jumped into this noble cause.

Many women, including Susan, are often diagnosed with ovarian cancer when it is already at an advanced stage. This can be attributed to a lack of early-detection technologies and a host of symptoms that can be mistaken for many other ailments and diseases. By learning more about the risk factors and maintaining regular consultations with doctors, women have their best chance of early detection.

Fighting Ovarian Cancer with Animal Passion

Our core mission is delivered in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences, but none are more important than the partnership we have with animals. We believe in, and champion, the human/animal healing experience by:
  • Presenting information about the symptoms of ovarian cancer to groups of veterinary students and those working within the veterinary professions
  • Creating and distributing materials that inform readers of the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer and the positive effects of the human/animal bond
  • Organizing dog friendly events that enable us to get the word out about this deadly disease while enhancing the human/animal healing experience

To make a donation or for information on hosting an OCSA presentation for your group, contact us today at 630-335-5225 or visit us at www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org

The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization is a Section 501 (c ) (3) charitable organization. Donations to OCSA are deductible as a charitable gift. If you should have any questions concerning tax deductibility, please contact your tax advisor.

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