Press Release: Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Urges Women to Learn More About Gynecologic and Breast Cancers

Visit GCF’s Women’s Cancer Network at www.wcn.org

Chicago, January 12, 2009—In 2009 alone, over 78,000 American women will learn that they have a gynecologic cancer. Moreover, many women are at risk for these cancers, including cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer, but few are aware of this risk.

To help women who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer or a related cancer, such as breast cancer, and to better educate women about their risks, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) today announces the availability of a completely updated Women’s Cancer Network Web site. This enhanced site has a new look, easier navigation and expanded comprehensive content, and should be bookmarked by all women.

Written by gynecologic oncologists and other experts, this site contains the latest information on the diagnosis, treatment and emerging scientific advances in reproductive cancers, including cervical cancer, endometrial or uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer; and breast cancer. Women also can learn how to best manage their risks for these cancers by taking a confidential risk-assessment, and learning more about prevention and early diagnosis. For women with a known or suspected diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer, it is easy to locate a nearby gynecologic oncologist by simply entering a state or zip code.

“I urge all women to visit the Women’s Cancer Network Web site regularly,” said Dr. Carolyn Muller, a gynecologic oncologist and member of the site’s Editorial Board. “For women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, this site is an invaluable source of information and inspiration. I advise each of my patients to visit the site often,” she continued.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation also offers regular courses for women surviving these cancers with registration available online at www.wcn.org. The “State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers” is an annual report on the advances in all gynecologic cancers. Additionally, the Wall of Hope provides inspiration and healing through the sharing of stories of women undergoing care and living with a gynecologic cancer.

The Foundation invites women to visit the Women’s Cancer Network www.wcn.org often to receive the latest updates on treatment and available clinical trials. If you have questions about the site or other educational material, please contact GCF at info@thegcf.org or call the Information Hotline at 1-800-444-4441.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment. In addition, the Foundation supports research and training related to gynecologic cancers. GCF advances this mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals.

Women who suspect or have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer should seek care first from a gynecologic oncologist.

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Education

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