Press Release: Women Urged to Get Screened for Cervical Cancer During January, Cervical Cancer Screening Month – 2006

Chicago, IL (January 4, 2006)—To mark January 2006 as the sixth annual Cervical Cancer Screening Month, the National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign today urged women to help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened for the disease.

“During January, Cervical Cancer Screening Month, it is critical that women take time to educate themselves about cervical cancer and understand that this disease is preventable,” said Karl C. Podratz, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, the Campaign’s lead partner. “By taking action and getting screened, women can take charge of their destinies and protect their health.”

Last year in the United States, approximately 10,370 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and an estimated 3,700 died from the disease. The National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign, which includes 31 partner organizations, works towards the goal of improved screening and early detection of cervical cancer, which will result in a major reduction in the incidence and mortality from cervical cancer among women, especially the unscreened and the underserved.

To help raise awareness about cervical cancer and remind women to schedule an annual gynecologic exam, last year the Campaign launched Take the Pledge, a new program that encourages women to do their part to prevent cervical cancer by scheduling an annual exam. The program also enables women to get an annual reminder to schedule their gynecologic exam. Women interested in “taking the pledge” can do so by visiting the Campaign’s Web site atwww.cervicalcancercampaign.org.

Each year, Campaign partners engage in educational outreach activities, like Take the Pledge, to help spread knowledge about cervical cancer and ways women can prevent it. This year, the Campaign welcomes its newest partner, The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the nation’s only organization dedicated to representing union women.

“More than 6.5 million women are members of organized labor unions,” said Carolyn J. Jacobson, who leads cervical cancer education programs on behalf of CLUW. “We feel that it is imperative to use our national resources to help educate each and every working woman about cervical cancer. This is a disease that is preventable and we are delighted to be working with the National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign to educate our members on this issue.”

Like many of the Campaign’s partners, CLUW has a long history of promoting women’s health and wellness. With a particular focus on working women, CLUW has initiated the Cervical Cancer Prevention Works program (www.cluw.org/cervcancer.html), which is raising awareness of HPV, cervical cancer and its prevention to the millions of union women, as well as the wives and other relatives of nearly nine million male union members in the labor movement in the United States.

The Campaign also partners with a core group of women’s, health and cancer organizations, to develop and disseminate information to women throughout the United States about cervical cancer and available detection methods. Campaign partners include:

America Online
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society-South Atlantic Division
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Medical Women’s Association, Founding Lead Partner
American Social Health Association
American Society for Cytotechnology
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Business and Professional Women
Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation of America
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, Lead Partner
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Asian Women’s Health Organization
National Black Nurses Association
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
National Council of La Raza
National Education Association Health Information
Network National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
Native WEB
Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists
Society for Women’s Health Research
Women In Government
YWCA of the USA

More information about the Campaign is available online atwww.cervicalcancercampaign.org. The Women’s Cancer Network (www.wcn.org) also provides information about cervical cancer, and offers a free, confidential risk assessment tool on the site. Additionally, women may call the toll-free GCF Information Hotline at 1.800.444.4441 for a referral to a gynecologic oncologist or related specialist.

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 www.thegcf.org or call 1.800.444.4441.

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Research

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Education

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