Press Release: Foundation for Women’s Cancer Celebrates Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month with Four Key Initiatives

Chicago, IL September 04, 2012 — September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer celebrates with a variety of initiatives this year:

    • LISTEN, LEARN, ACT to prevent, detect, treat and defeat women’s cancers: The Foundation urges all women to LEARN the symptoms of these “below the belt” cancers that strike 88,000 American women each year; LISTEN to their bodies; and ACT quickly to seek care from a gynecologic oncologist for the best outcomes.
    • Vote for the Foundation on its Facebook page September 6 – 19: As a nominee of the Chase Charitable Giving Campaign, the Foundation is asking all survivors, loved ones, surgeons and other health care providers, allied organizations, supporters and friends to vote for the Foundation on Facebook between September 6 and 19. Voters can cast two ballots; the top 25 vote-getting organizations will win up to $250,000 to pursue their missions.
    • Register for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Sunday, November 4 in Washington, DC: Another meaningful way to support GCAM this year is to support the National Race either in person or virtually. The race is part of a series of weekend events, including free educational courses for survivors and a new state of the art Physicians’ Course on Saturday, November 3, designed to raise awareness and crucial research funds to fight gynecologic cancers.
    • Designate the Foundation for your CFC donation: The Foundation is participating in the Combined Federal Campaign for the first time this year: CFC Code 86802. Donors can also support the Foundation throughout the year via its website.

“Through GCAM’s LEARN, LISTEN, ACT initiative, Chase Community Giving, the National Race to End Women’s Cancer and the Combined Federal Campaign, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer’s is determined to expand outreach to women of all ages to raise awareness about these often-overlooked reproductive cancers” said Dr. David M. Gershenson, chair of the Foundation’s board. “In addition to funding research on best treatments, this is our major goal.”


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.


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.


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.


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