SOPHiA GENETICS: World Gynecological Cancer Awareness Day

With more than 1.3 million women worldwide diagnosed with gynecological cancers in 2020, it is more important than ever to equip them with tools and resources to promote prevention and early detection of potential cancers.

The first World Gynecological Oncology (GO) Day was launched on September 20, 2019 by the European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO) and the European Network of Gynecological Cancer Advocacy Groups (ENGAGe). Their mission is to raise awareness of cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix, vulva and vagina. The collective term for these five types of cancer is gynecological cancer.

With more than 1.3 million women worldwide diagnosed with gynecological cancers in 2020, it is more important than ever to equip them with tools and resources to promote prevention and early detection of potential cancers. Increased public awareness of gynecological cancer prevention can ultimately lead to a better quality of life and increased survival rate for affected women. Although there are warning signs, women can learn ways to reduce their risk in a way that makes sense for their personal health, as the signs and symptoms are not the same for everyone. It is important to consult your doctor to discuss your specific situation and schedule preventive screenings.

Over the years, World GO Day has been a joint effort of various advocacy groups around the world with in-person and virtual events including interactive activities on the World GO Day website, science workshops, sessions information and sporting events involving healthcare providers, cancer survivors and supporters.

On September 20, you might see people wearing purple ribbons or clothing to show their support. It is the color intended to combine 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 joined to raise awareness with sporting events and games. It has also helped create a stronger network of people and organizations that continue to work together year after year to provide resources to the community.

ENGAGe indicates that their priorities and objectives are as follows:

  • 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.

  • Increase patient representation in ESGO activities through education on current research and health policy.

  • Advocate for patient care policy practices and access to appropriate care nationally and internationally.

  • Educate patient groups, healthcare professionals, the general public and healthcare decision makers.

SOPHiA GENETICS is proud to support World Go Day efforts. You can choose to join this movement by educating yourself, sharing information with others, and showing your support. For the latest World Go Day updates, follow them on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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