BLOG: Pursuing an Early Detection Test: One Researcher’s Story

BLOG: Pursuing an Early Detection Test: One Researcher’s Story

12.7.12 During the holiday season, MOCA will be profiling several MOCA supporters to show how they support MOCA’s mission of research, education and support.

Ovarian cancer research isn’t just a job to Dr. Amy Skubitz.  To her, it’s personal.

As the daughter of a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Dr. Skubitz understands the urgency tied to finding new discoveries to diagnose and treat ovarian cancer. Her passion lies in making a difference against this disease, and she is grateful to MOCA for making cutting-edge research possible.

“MOCA provides the start-up money for testing new ideas. The findings from these projects give us leverage to compete for additional grants that lead to new discoveries about ovarian cancer. This would not be possible without MOCA,” said Dr. Skubitz.

MOCA supporters fund research that has the potential to change the course of this disease – including Dr. Skubitz’s latest project at the University of Minnesota, which explores the potential to find ovarian cancer biomarkers in Pap tests.

Dr. Skubitz is one of nearly 50 Minnesota researchers awarded funding from MOCA over the past 12 years. MOCA has provided more than $3.2 million to research, making our state a leader. This year alone, we’ve given $540,000 to research projects aimed at discovering an early detection test, better treatment, and someday, a cure.

This holiday season, please support MOCA with a year-end gift. Besides funding critical research, your gift supports medical education programming so ovarian cancer can be detected and treated properly, and funds support groups and educational meetings for women and families.

Find out more about MOCA at www.mnovarian.org.