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

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.