Ovarian Cancer in Colorado

The Ovarian Cancer Data – Who it affects? 

Incidence – A cancer incidence rate is the number of new cancers of a specific site/type occurring in a specified population during a year, usually expressed as the number of cancers per 100,000 population at risk. That is,

Incidence rate = (New cancers / Population) × 100,000
The numerator of the incidence rate is the number of new cancers; the denominator is the size of the population.


Mortality – A cancer mortality rate is the number of deaths, with cancer as the underlying cause of death, occurring in a specified population during a year. Cancer mortality is usually expressed as the number of deaths due to cancer per 100,000 population. That is,

Mortality Rate = (Cancer Deaths / Population) × 100,000

The numerator of the mortality rate is the number of deaths; the denominator is the size of the population.


Family History Tool: My Family Health Portrait –

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Ovarian Cancer – The Symptoms


Ovarian Cancer the Colorado Cancer Plan 

3.1 Strategies

  1. Support efforts seeking to standardize family history data collection in electronic health records to allow providers to identify individuals whose family history meets the clinical criteria for a hereditary cancer syndrome and those who should be referred to a genetic counselor.
  2. Educate providers on guidelines for family history collection and referral for genetic counseling and testing, including potential BRCA1/2 mutations or Lynch Syndrome.
  3. Conduct demonstration projects that implement family history screening tools in primary or specialty care settings to identify patients at risk for hereditary cancer.
  4. Develop referral and communication systems to facilitate on-site or referred cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, including tele-counseling, and testing services by a qualified genetics professional.
  5. Promote access to genetic counseling based on risk assessment prior to genetic testing to review potential risks and benefits, including post-test risk and benefits when prophylactic options are under consideration.
  6. Identify funding sources for genetic counseling and testing for at-risk individuals who are unable to pay.
  7. Promote appropriate insurance coverage, especially Medicaid coverage, of genetic counseling, testing and ensuing clinical services for high-risk individuals.


5.3 Strategies

  1. Increase awareness of the symptoms of nonscreenable cancers among health care providers and individuals.
  2. Educate medical and health care students via structured programs about symptoms, risk factors, early detection, genetic counseling and genetic testing for non-screenable cancer types.
  3. Support research studies, including randomized control trials, to investigate new and innovative cancer screening tests.



Nicki’s Circle – Ft. Collins Northern Colorado – Ovarian/Gyn Cancer Support

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and would like to connect with other women, share support and gain valuable information, please come. Caregivers are also welcome.

Please feel free to bring your questions, hopes and fears. The group offers a safe and supportive atmosphere for gaining information, expressing your concerns, sharing emotions and broadening your perspective.
A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Anne Marie Cronin, MSW, LCSW, at UCH if you plan to attend, so she can order a lunch for you: 970-297-6148.

This group is sponsored by the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) in partnership with University of Colorado Health, and is facilitated by Anne Marie Cronin, MSW, LCSW, licensed clinical social worker. There is no charge.

Please click on the first time registration tab below and fill out the form before attending your first meeting. Anne Marie Cronin or Susan Hess will contact you personally to go over what to expect and to answer any questions you may have. Thank you.

Directions to Univ. of Colorado Health Cancer Center

University of Colorado Health Cancer Center is located in Fort Collins on the Harmony Medical Campus next door to Poudre Valley Hospital South. The Cancer Center is located on the north side of the campus with its own entrance. The support group will be held in Suite 170. Upon arriving at the Cancer Center, ask at the front desk for directions to the group. The facilitator will also be waiting in the lobby before group.

If you have any trouble understanding these directions, please don’t hesitate to call or email.