Editorial

Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

Loutradis Dimitris

1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology School of Medicine National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


September is the Gynecological Cancer Awareness month. International societies estimate that approximately 600,000 women will be diagnosed worldwide with gynecological cancer this year and approximately 240,000 women will, ultimately, succumb to the disease. While the most prevalent subtype in modern societies is endometrial cancer, in developing countries cervical cancer continuous to be the most important gynecological cancer. More than 85% of gynecological cancer cases occur in developing countries.

Modern societies have established protocols for the early identification and management of gynecological cancer patients; however, still much has to be done in order to help identify women at risk as early as possible to help decrease the burden of morbidity and mortality that is associated with gynecological cancer. The latest guidelines of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EMGE) were presented recently in the Joint 27th EBCOG and 15th Panhellenic Congress in Athens and can, hopefully, guide physicians in their daily clinical practice. With the hope that further research will help clarify the pathophysiology of gynecological cancer, we welcome researchers to publish their papers in HJOG, an Obstetrics and Gynecology International Journal.