Inside Knowledge Campaign
The Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer campaign raises awareness of the five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. It encourages women to pay attention to their bodies and know what is normal for them, so they can recognize the warning signs of gynecologic cancers and seek medical care. When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment is most effective.
Inside Knowledge has created a suite of materialsmaterials in English and Spanish for patients and health care providers. Fact sheets, a symptoms diary, [PDF-503KB] and posters on the five most common gynecologic cancers can be viewed, printed, and ordered online. TelevisionTelevision and radioradio PSAs can be viewed and heard online; transcripts are available.
"Be Brave. Ask Questions."
Among the resources developed by the Inside Knowledge campaign are several public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Jenny Allen, a mother, writer, and performer. She has performed her one-woman play, "I Got Sick Then I Got Better" in New York City and many other cities around the country. In television, print, and radio PSAs, Ms. Allen encourages women to see a doctor if they have symptoms that are not normal for them and last two weeks or longer. She movingly tells her personal story of how she noticed symptoms, learned she had both uterine and ovarian cancers, and received treatment. She tells women, "Be brave. Ask questions. Chances are you don't have cancer, but find out for sure."
You can also go behind the scenes at the filming of the campaign's PSAs for a special CDC Web exclusive with Jenny Allen.
Personal Survivor Stories
Each year in the United States, about 83,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Recent estimates show that more than 1 million American women were alive with a history of gynecologic cancer as of January 1, 2010.
Read first-hand accounts from women who have survived gynecologic cancer. They share their personal experience of being diagnosed with and treated for gynecologic cancers. Each has important advice for other women.
- Debbie, an ovarian cancer survivor.
- Eileen, a cervical and uterine cancer survivor.
- Geraldine, a cervical cancer survivor.
- Tamika, a cervical cancer survivor.
About the Campaign
Inside Knowledge supports the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005, or Johanna's Law. [PDF-49KB] The law is named for Johanna Silver Gordon, who died of ovarian cancer in 2000. Johanna's sister, Sheryl Silver, originated the legislation in 2002 and, with the support of numerous nonprofit organizations, helped ensure its passage. The campaign's target audiences include women and health professionals. Learn more about the development of Inside Knowledge. [PDF-2.2MB] You can also see the campaign's major highlights, milestones, and activities [PDF-1.8MB] accomplished in 2012.
Support and Resources
Additional resources are available related to the five main gynecologic cancers, cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar, including links to general information, patient support services, and research and provider organizations.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
4770 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO