With over 1.3 million women worldwide diagnosed with gynecological cancers in 2020, it is now more important than ever to equip them with tools and resources to advance prevention and early detection of potential cancers.
The first World Gynecologic Oncology (GO) Day was launched on September 20, 2019 by the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology (ESGO) and the European Network of Gynecologic Cancer Advocacy Groups (ENGAGe). Their mission is to raise awareness of ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer. The collective term for these five types of cancer is gynecological cancer.
With over 1.3 million women worldwide diagnosed with gynecological cancers in 2020, it is now more important than ever to equip them with tools and resources to advance prevention and early detection of potential cancers. Increased public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention may ultimately lead to improved quality of life and increased survival for affected women. Although there are warning signs, women can learn how to reduce their risks in ways that make sense for their personal health, since signs and symptoms are not the same for everyone. It’s important to consult your doctor to discuss your unique situation and to schedule checkups.
Over the years, World GO Day has been a collaborative effort from diverse stakeholders around the world with both in-person and virtual events, including interactive activities on the World GO Day website, scientific workshops, informational sessions and sporting events involving healthcare providers. Cancer Survivors and Supporters.
On September 20th, you can see people wearing purple ribbons or clothes to show their support. It is the color designed to unify awareness of all gynecological cancers into one. In the first year of Awareness Day, 33 patient advocacy groups from 22 countries in Europe and Asia came together to raise awareness through sporting events and games. This also helped create a stronger network of people and organizations that still work together year after year to provide resources to the community.
According to ENGAGe, their priorities and goals are:
Facilitate the development of national gynecological cancer patient groups in Europe and facilitate networking and collaboration between them.
Disseminate information and share best practices to empower patient groups and improve the quality of care across Europe.
Strengthening patient advocacy in ESGO activities through education on current research and healthcare policies.
Advocate patient care practices and access to appropriate care nationally and internationally.
Educating patient groups, healthcare professionals, the general public and healthcare decision makers.
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