– Every five minutes a woman is diagnosed with one of five gynecological cancers – cervical, ovarian, uterine / endometrial, vaginal or vulvar cancer – a total of more than 109,000 American women each year.
– A survey of members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology * found that nearly 90 percent of respondents felt that patient education is very important to improving their patients’ outcomes, and 83 percent felt that it was the biggest obstacle The early detection of gynecological cancers is the lack of awareness of these cancers.
– Move the Message will bring the information and resources to women who need it most through a national call to action on www.movethemessage.org and through local events in partnership with community-based organizations and cancer centers.
CHICAGO, September 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) today announced the launch of #MoveTheMessage, a national gynecological cancer awareness crusade with a focus on historically marginalized communities and populations, such as brown and black women and those in rural areas disseminating critical resources to advance earlier detection and diagnosis. These resources are easily accessible at www.movethemessage.org and can be made available to both the community and doctors and their patients.
Anyone can join #MoveTheMessage by taking five minutes to take a picture or video of themselves in motion – walking, cycling, dancing – with the message “#MoveTheMessage. 5 types of cancer to know. org “and tag five people they know.
“Since a woman is diagnosed with gynecological cancer every five minutes, we know early detection can have an impact on results,” said Ginger J. Gardner, MD, Chair of the Women’s Cancer Foundation, Gynecological Cancer Surgeon, and Vice Chairman of Hospital Operations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Unfortunately, most people are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of gynecological cancer. Yet there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise awareness and prevent these diseases communities. Gynecological cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine / endometrial, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. The lack of information and access to resources on gynecological cancers is exacerbated in marginalized populations. That’s why we call on everyone to get involved and # MoveTheMessage. The five minutes it takes for you to raise awareness is the same five minutes it takes another woman to be diagnosed. Let’s change the future together! We have the opportunity to educate all women about these cancers so they can do something on their own or a loved one. “
Many people can be at risk of gynecological cancer, but many women of color, both brown and black, and women in rural areas have limited access to information or care facilities. Move the Message aims to bring information to these women by taking to the streets and working with local organizations, cancer centers and volunteers in communities with high-risk patient populations. Events are planned in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Tampa, Seattle, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Washington, DC, and Chicago. Visit www.movethemessage.org for more information.
The need for Move the Message is illustrated by feedback from a survey of SGO members as well as the tremendous response to the Move4Her event, a virtual and highly interactive exercise event designed to raise key funds for awareness, education, public relations and research in the field of gynecology , encourages cancers. The survey of 78 gynecological oncologists * revealed:
88 percent felt that patient education is very important to improve their patients’ outcomes
83 percent agreed that the biggest barrier to early detection of gynecological cancers is the lack of awareness of these cancers; and
76 percent said downloading resources made it easier for them to communicate with their patients.
“It takes the effort of many – doctors, support staff, community organizers, volunteers, family members – to make a difference, and Move the Message provides the platform to educate, motivate and drive action to gain access to critical information about gynecological cancer improve, “called Diane Yamada, President of the Society for Gynecological Oncology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Head of the Section for Gynecological Oncology, University of Chicago Medicine.
ABOUT THE GYNECOLOGICAL ONCOLOGY SOCIETY
The Society of Gynecological Oncology (SGO) is the leading medical association for healthcare professionals trained in the comprehensive management of gynecological cancers. As a 501 (c) (6) organization, SGO helps promote cancer treatment for women by promoting research, offering education, raising practice standards, advocating for patients and members, and working with other national and international organizations. Further information can be found at https://www.sgo.org.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN’S CANCER
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is dedicated to raising public awareness of gynecological cancer risks, prevention, early detection and optimal treatment. As an official foundation of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), FWC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that provides funding for gynecological cancer research and education, programs and resources. FWC has raised more than $ 60 million in areas such as research, awareness, education, and outreach. Please visit https://www.foundationforwomenscancer.org for more information.
Robyn Kurth, Director of Marketing, Communications and Membership, Gynecological Oncology Society, Women’s Cancer Foundation
Mary Conway, MKC Strategies, LLC
* 78 interviews among SGO members were carried out via an online survey by 26th of August – September 13, 2021
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