Press Release: Latest Medical and Scientific Advances for Gynecologic Cancers

In a concerted effort to inform women nationwide about gynecologic cancers, all 50 governors proclaim Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S.

Chicago, September 7, 2004—The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) today released the “State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers – Second Annual Report to the Women of America,” as part of its educational efforts for September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.

The report details the most recent advances in the detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers, which affect more than 80,000 women in the U.S. each year, according to the American Cancer Society. The report also contains information about symptoms, risk factors, screening/prevention methods and incidence figures for gynecologic cancers. It was written by a team of physicians who are members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and specialize in treating women’s cancers.

“The ‘State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers’ provides women and their providers with the knowledge to understand gynecologic cancers and the progress that is being made to save lives,” said GCF Chairman Karl C. Podratz, M.D., Ph.D. “Most critically however, it shows women the simple steps they can take to maintain their gynecologic health, including learning to recognize symptoms and signs, and receiving regular gynecologic screening.”

“Women gain from reading this report,” said Bobbie Gostout, M.D., who edited the report. “As gynecologic oncologists, we know that information is powerful. Women who understand the risks and signs are active participants in protecting their health. This report offers women a tool to gradually reduce the incidence of this disease by simply taking the time to learn more.”

As part of its educational efforts for Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, GCF also announced that for the first time since the month was established in 1999, all 50 governors have signed proclamations declaring the month.

“GCF thanks all the governors for recognizing the importance of this month and ensuring their citizens are informed about gynecologic cancers,” said Podratz.

“The State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers” can be accessed online through the Women’s Cancer Network,, or at To receive a copy by mail, please e-mail or call 312-578-1439.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization established by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 1991 to support research related to gynecologic cancers, to fund training of clinician scientists, and to increase public awareness and information related to gynecologic cancers and their precursors. The mission of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) is to ensure public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment. GCF advances this mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals. GCF was named by Worth Magazine as one of “America’s 100 Best Charities.” Of the 26 health organizations listed, GCF was one of only two organizations solely focused on women’s health. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.444.4441.


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