Press Release: Latest Medical and Scientific Advances for Gynecologic Cancers Presented in First Annual “State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers”

Chicago, September 29, 2003—The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) has released the “State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers—First Annual Report to the Women of America,” detailing the most recent advances in the detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers. It is the first report to provide critical information about symptoms, risk factors, screening/prevention methods and incidence figures for these cancers, which affect more than 80,000 women in the U.S. each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

The report, which will be distributed by GCF each year during September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, contains information about the most common gynecologic cancers that affect women in the U.S. These are: cervical cancer, ovarian cancer (epithelial and stromal cell/germ cell), uterine cancer (endometrial and uterine sarcomas), vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 26,000 women die from gynecologic cancers each year.

“The State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers shows the powerful progress that has been made in detecting and treating gynecologic cancers,” said GCF Chairman Karl C. Podratz, M.D., Ph.D. “Most importantly however, it shows women that early recognition of symptoms and regular gynecologic screening are the best tools at a woman’s disposal to maintain gynecologic health.”

“We hope that by providing women with the latest information about gynecologic cancers, we can help them to actively manage their health, and to be aware of risk factors and symptoms so they know when to seek support and treatment,” said Bobbie Gostout, M.D., who edited the report. “Ultimately, by informing women of these diseases, we believe this report detailing gynecologic cancer facts and progress will become a report of hope for women—and their families—who are affected by these cancers.”

“The State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers” can be viewed online and downloaded at the Women’s Cancer Network: To receive a copy by mail, please contact Dan Hewitt by e-mail or by phone at 202-530-4695.

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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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