Each year, over a million people around the globe will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer (ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, or vulvar) and many of them will also die from the disease. In 15 years, we will see a 33% increase in deaths from these cancers if there are no dramatic improvements in treatment and care.
This is why September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM). The GCI’s mission is to accelerate transformative research on the prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship of gynecologic cancers. A large part of this work includes spreading awareness of gynecologic cancer.
To do our part this month, we will be busting gynecologic cancer myths, sharing reliable resources, and celebrating the work that has been done to help us reduce the incidence, death, and suffering of these cancers by 2034.
The GCI also wants to encourage YOU to participate in GCAM this September by engaging with our posts to spread awareness. We also invite you to take part in our #ColoursforChange collages by submitting a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or tagging us on our social media @GCI_Cluster (Twitter) and @gynecancerinitiative (Instagram).
If you would like to participate, please wear one of the gynecologic cancer colors in your photo:
- Wear purple to represent all gyne cancers
- Wear teal and white for cervical cancer
- Wear teal for ovarian cancer
- Wear salmon pink for uterine/endometrial cancer
- Wear light purple for vaginal and vulvar cancer
The tenacity and commitment of scientists, clinicians, and patient partners underpin the Gynecologic Cancer Initiative. With support and investment from the community, collectively WE will change the story for thousands of people diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and their families each year.