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Why is it that we don't hear about gynecologic cancers?

It seems as though the media will occasionally cover cervical and ovarian cancer, but we almost never hear about endometrial and vulvar cancers, or gestational trophoblastic disease. Why don't we hear the stories of the courageous women who are battling these diseases? Why isn't there a Race for the Cure for Gynecologic Cancer? Let's make some changes!

 September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in the USA

 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Postage Stamp Proposal

 Network television

 ER and GYN cancer

 Revlon Run-Walk for Women's Cancer


September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month!

Through the work of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, September has been declared Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation was founded by gynecological oncologists to raise awareness of and research for all types of gynecologic cancers. Since the Foundation was formed by medical professionals, and was formed by women with gynecologic cancers, September will be the perfect time to introduce your medical care team, friends, families and co-workers to both organizations! Here are some ideas:

Send your ideas for September action events. We'll post your events and actions here!

Together we can bring greater awareness of gynecologic cancers to the mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend or significant other in our lives. Greater awareness will lead to greater funding in finding a cure for these cancers that strike "below the belt."

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Postage Stamp Proposal

A campaign to encourage the Postal Service to create an Ovarian Awareness Postal Stamp was started in April of 2001, by Carolyn Benivegna, President and Founder of the S.W. Florida division of NOCC. The following is a sample letter you can use to support her effort. Please feel free to modify it in any way you wish or add a "personal story", which is often beneficial. According to the Postal brochure it takes the postal service 2-3 years to decide on a new stamp. So feel free to write at least once a year and remind them of your interest in this proposal.

(Sender's name and address)

Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee
Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4474E
Washington DC 20260-2437

Subject: Proposal for Postage Stamp for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

I am aware that Carolyn Benivegna of the Southwest Florida Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has submitted a proposal to you in April 2001 for the creation of an Ovarian Cancer awareness stamp. I urge you to do this as quickly as possible.

Ovarian cancer touches so many people in this country. This year, more than 23,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and almost 14,000 will die from it. But it isn't just these diagnosed women who are affected. Their family and friends go on this journey of surgeries, chemotherapies, radiation treatments, and (too often) death right along with these women. The women who lose their lives to this disease often leave behind spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friends.

Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest of all the gynecologic cancers. This is mostly due to lack of awareness and education on the part of women and the medical community. If these women and their doctors were more aware of ovarian cancer, they could be diagnosed earlier and more than 90% could be saved.

A U. S. Postage Stamp for Ovarian Cancer can go a long way toward making people aware of this deadly disease. Please help all Americans by creating this stamp without delay!

Thank you for your consideration.

(Sender's typed or printed name)

Network Television

Like to see more accurate coverage of gynecologic cancers on network television? Contact the Big Three:

 ABC: For questions or comments on ABC programming, write Audience Relations at

 CBS: Go to At the bottom of the page you'll see "feedback". Click there and fill out the form.

 NBC: Write NBC at

Revlon Run/Walk For Women’s Cancer

Revlon sponsors a Run/Walk in New York and Los Angeles. Although the title is Revlon Run/Walk for Women’s Cancer, only breast and ovarian cancer is sponsored. Contact The Entertainment Industry Foundation at (818) 760-7722 and ask them to include all women’s cancers at next year's Revlon Run/Walk. You can also contact The Davis Group, the events management firm that handles the Run/Walk for Revlon at (310) 393-6344. (Neither group invites e-mail.)

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