February 4th is World Cancer Day

Cancer continues to devastate peoples’ lives and destroy their futures. By 2030 it is estimated that the number of global cancer cases will rise to 21 million from 12.7 million. We in the international cancer community are very aware of the devastating statistics and the resultant significant challenges that our patients and cancer professionals face daily. Limited resources, late diagnoses, high mortality rates, and rising cancer incidence, particularly in settings that can least afford cancer care, remind us that there is still a huge amount of work to be done, especially as the cancer burden is over-represented in low economy countries.

We applaud and continue to support the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) for its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of cancer control and prevention and congratulate them for their continued efforts. IGCS as an organization has parallel goals to raise awareness of the actions needed to prevent and treat gynecologic cancers. IGCS is proud to support all the efforts being conducted in connection with World Cancer Day February 4, 2017.

While we as individuals can play our part, global, regional, and national policies and programs are needed to assist in accomplishing our collective goals.  Unless we take swift, collective action to raise awareness about cancer prevention, and practical strategies are put into place, millions of people will continue to suffer. The UICC has an excellent information tool kit for all of us to get involved and show our support locally for World Cancer Day.

We are proud to be adding our organizational resources and extensive commitment from you, our members to accomplishing our goals. We continue to make education our top priority along with training in low to middle resource areas. Our education committee will be launching our new education portal in the next several days and included in there is a wealth of gynecologic cancer information. We have posted a preview of some of our Education Exchange videos for World Cancer Day.

Our mission constantly challenges us to be an impactful organization in relieving the burden of cancer globally, and we can achieve this by extending World Cancer Day beyond one day and make it a part of our lives every day.

We invite you to join us in the journey.

Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
IGCS President 
Mary Eiken, RN, MS