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Notice to Readers: National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month --- September 2008

September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. This observance is intended to increase awareness of gynecologic cancers, thus enabling early detection, appropriate treatment, and a greater chance for recovery. In 2004 (the most recent year for which data are available), approximately 73,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with a cancer affecting the reproductive organs, and approximately 27,000 women died from some form of gynecologic cancer (1).

To raise awareness about the five major gynecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar), CDC, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, established the Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts about Gynecologic Cancer campaign. This campaign aims to communicate 1) the importance of finding gynecologic cancers early, when treatment is most effective, and 2) the need for women to pay attention to their bodies and know what is normal for them, so that they can recognize the warning signs of gynecologic cancers. This campaign also supports the Gynecologic Education and Awareness Act of 2005, or Johanna's Law. Additional information about the Inside Knowledge campaign is available at


  1. US Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States cancer statistics: 2004 incidence and mortality. Atlanta, GA: Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Cancer Institute; 2007. Available at

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