March 11th is recognized in India as the National Day of Gynecologic Cancers as endorsed by the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India, The Association of Gynecologic Oncologists of India, The Association of Radiation Oncologists of India, The Indian Society of Oncology and the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology.
This date was chosen as it falls in the same week of International Women’s Day (March 8th).
Due to the lack of public education and awareness regarding these cancers, variable pathology, and scarcity of proper screening facilities in developing countries such as India, most women report at advanced stages, adversely affecting the prognosis and clinical outcomes. A data summary of published Indian data regarding gynecologic cancers was recently compiled by the South Asian Journal of Cancer.
IGCS applauds the work these societies are doing to raise awareness for gynecologic cancers, encouraging education regarding prevention and screening practices for early detection of all gynecologic cancers!