WORLD GO DAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
ENGAGe and ESGO invite their members, health care professionals, government/policy makers, women and friends/families impacted by gynecological cancers and General Public to celebrate first World Gynecologic Oncology Day, World GO Day.
SURVIVING GYNECOLOGICAL CANCERS
Ovarian, uterine, cervix and other gynecological cancers are among the most common cancers affecting women, but collectively attract less attention than they deserve from the public and policy makers. Women themselves may be unaware of the sometime vague symptoms or may be too embarrassed to consult a doctor, and there remains a stigma associated with these diagnoses in some quarters. This reticence needs to be overcome and a more positive message developed to improve the prevention, screening, treatment and care of gynecological cancers so that women throughout Europe have the best chance of survival and quality of life.
Raising public awareness in matters of prevention, early detection, understanding of symptoms and treatment options in gynae cancers, healthy lifestyle has been on the ESGO (European Society of Gynaecological Oncology) agenda for many years. In order to raise the awareness, advocate and educate patient advocate, patients, their families and lay public, the ESGO established the ENGAGe (European Network of Gynaecological Cancer Advocacy Groups, a network of patients advocates and patients in 33 European countries in Europe).
FIGHTING AGAINST THE SILENT KILLER
Together with 2,500+ individual ESGO members, the health care professionals involved in prevention, research, treatment of gynecological cancers, ESGO and ENGAGe represent a unique and exceptionally strong network of professionals and volunteers committed to fight against this silent killer.
With the partnership of ENGAGe and ESGO Members, on the day of September 20th, survivors, caregivers and Health Care Professionals will meet in a basketball, football or volleyball game with attendance of our volunteers from professional sports club, to play A GAME AGAINST GYNECOLOGICAL CANCERS worldwide.
This new initiative will be spearheaded by ENGAGe that will promote collaboration among patient groups, strengthen local advocacy activities and provide a platform for stakeholder engagement by bringing local and international attention to Gynae cancers and educate women on prevention, detection, best treatment options.