Foundation for Women's Cancer Celebrates Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month with Focus on Uterine Cancer

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September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer celebrates with a special emphasis on uterine cancer awareness.

"In addition to our GCAM emphasis on uterine cancer symptoms recognition, we also are raising awareness through the Globe-athon and the Foundation’s National Race to End Women’s Cancer." - Dr. David M Gershenson, Foundation Chairman

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer celebrates with a special emphasis on uterine cancer awareness.

The Foundation urges all women to learn the symptoms of uterine cancer (irregular or heavy bleeding, or bleeding after menopause), listen to their bodies, and act by seeking care from a gynecologic oncologist if they suspect or have been diagnosed with a reproductive cancer.

Almost 50,000 American women will be diagnosed with uterine cancer this year. Fortunately, more women survive this cancer than any of the other gynecologic cancers: cervical, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar. As with any cancer diagnosis, early detection is key to the best outcomes.

Another meaningful way to support GCAM this year is to participate in the Globe-athon Walk to End Women’s Cancer, an unprecedented international call to action to shine a light on gynecologic cancers. Globe-athon events will take place in more than 80 countries and throughout the U.S. during the weekend of September 28 and 29. U.S. events include the Aleyska Climbathon in Girdwood Alaska; the Kickin’ Cancer 5K in Brentwood, Los Angeles; The Globe-athon Wisconsin in Madison; and the Globe-athon 24-hour Relay Round the White House in Washington, DC.

The Globe-athon’s U.S. events also serve to promote the Foundation’s premier annual event, the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on November 3 in Washington, DC. The National Race unites thousands of survivors, loved ones, surgeons, caregivers, allied health organizations, sponsors and supporters to raise awareness and research funding to defeat gynecologic cancers.

“The Foundation for Women’s Cancer continues to expand outreach to women of all ages, especially during September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM),” said Dr. David M. Gershenson, Foundation Chairman. “In addition to our GCAM emphasis on uterine cancer symptoms recognition, we also are raising awareness through the Globe-athon and the Foundation’s National Race to End Women’s Cancer.”

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The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is the only national organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of all gynecologic cancers, focusing on prevention, early detection and optimal treatment. Founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 1991, the Foundation provides free educational courses and resources for women, and supports promising, innovative gynecologic cancer research, including 11 ovarian cancer research grants this year. For more information, visit foundationforwomenscancer.org.

The Foundation is participating in the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign. Its CFC number is 86802.

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