The Mission of the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance is to promote awareness and early detection of ovarian cancer through advocacy and education while providing support to people affected by ovarian cancer.

  • At COCA, we offer ovarian cancer support to those who need it most. Our programs assist those diagnosed with ovarian cancer, while also raising awareness of the disease in the medical and general community. We're proud to offer ovarian cancer support for survivors and caregivers through programs including: Nicki's Circle Support and Information Groups, a Peer-To-Peer Mentor Program, COCACares Financial Assistance Program, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Resource Guide, Comfort Kits for the newly diagnosed, the national Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives® program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, our September Raise Awareness campaign...and more...
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  • Ovarian cancer support can be offered in a variety of forms - from raising funds to raising awareness. Fundraisers and events help us generate crucial resources to serve our community. Jodi's Race for Awareness occurs on the second Saturday of June. With over 3,000 participants, it is one of the largest ovarian cancer races in the country. COCA's Annual Teal Gala raises critical funds for COCA programs. Check out the full calendar of events, then plan to join us and see how you can get involved.
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  • Without volunteers, the ovarian cancer awareness and support resources we provide wouldn't be possible. You make what we do possible! Whether it's helping at a special event or assisting with outreach and awareness efforts, volunteers play a vital role in our organization.
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  • Our community of ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers, family, friends and supporters continually connect online to raise ovarian cancer awareness and learn from each other.
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What is Ovarian Cancer?

The first step to ovarian cancer awareness and detection is knowledge. Ovarian cancer is a growth of abnormal malignant cells that begins in the ovaries (women’s reproductive glands that produce eggs or ova). Cancer that spreads to the ovaries but originates at another site is not considered ovarian cancer. Ovarian tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Although abnormal, cells of benign tumors do not metastasize (spread to other parts of the body). Malignant cancer cells in the ovaries can metastasize in two ways: directly to other organs in the pelvis and abdomen (the more common way), through the bloodstream or lymph nodes to other parts of the body.

While the causes of ovarian cancer are unknown, some theories exist: Genetic errors may occur because of damage from the normal monthly release of an egg. Increased hormone levels before and during ovulation may also stimulate the growth of abnormal cells.

Since there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, knowledge is power.

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