The report, "Ovarian Cancer: A Call for State Action," examined laws, policies and programs in those four categories. Issued by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the report ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on provision of care to women with the deadly disease.
Utah shares the 33rd spot with Hawaii. California ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The report found that every state has room for improvement, said Cara Tenenbaum, vice president for policy and external affairs for the alliance.
"The good news is that our research uncovered many examples of programs that work, from laws ensuring coverage of second opinions to local groups providing support services and education around ovarian cancer. One way legislators in Utah could support women with ovarian cancer is by updating the state's cancer plan to include elements of this disease."
The state's 2006-2011 Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan briefly touches on goals and strategies to address ovarian cancer, as well as providing a link to the Utah Cancer Action Network, a network of individuals and agencies committed to reducing the cancer burden of Utahns.
However, Tenenbaum said the plan needs to be updated to include more information about the disease, as well as a list of resources for women.
Tenenbaum said that although Utah has access to quality care, women diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be financially vulnerable during their treatment because the state does not have laws that cap co-payments, nor does it require coverage of oral chemotherapy. The state also does not have any support groups for those diagnosed with the disease -- an important aspect of quality care for women with ovarian cancer.