Announcement: September Is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

July 28, 2011

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM), and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer has developed its annual GCAM Toolkit to aid organizations reach women with the message to Learn, Listen, Act.

Learn, Listen, Act is a national public awareness campaign that encourages women to LEARN how to prevent and detect women’s cancers, LISTEN for common symptoms, and ACT quickly to seek care from a gynecologic oncologist if she suspects or has been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.Learn, Listen, Act messages are outlined for the three most common gynecologic cancers: cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.

September 2011 also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. The signature event for the year is the National Race to End Women’s Cancer to be held in Washington, DC on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Free concurrent courses for survivors of ovarian and uterine cancers, and an HPV forum will be held in conjunction with the race on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at the Marriott Metro Center Hotel in Washington, DC. More information and registration for the courses are available now.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.