Screening

At present, the mammogram is the recommended screening test for breast cancer. Guidelines at the age and frequency of mammograms change as more information is gathered, so check with your healthcare provider about what is right for you. Currently the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), American Cancer Society (ACS), American College of Radiology (ACR) all recommend generally yearly mammograms starting at the age of 40. Although it is not clear whether doing breast self examinations improve detection, women should be aware and look for changes in their breasts. Check with your healthcare provider about what is right for you.

Women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer are advised to discuss options with their healthcare provider.

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.