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World Gynecologic Oncology Awareness Day: Turning the World Purple


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Advocates for patients with cancer and medical professionals in more than 20 countries planned activities for World Gynecologic Oncology Day (World GO Day). A project of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) and the European Network of Gynaecological Cancer Advocacy Groups (ENGAGe), World GO Day raises awareness about a group of gynecologic cancers that more than 1 million women are diagnosed with each year. The second annual World GO Day took place on September 20, 2020.

This year’s activities were adapted for physical distancing and public safety in light of the COVID-19 situation in participating countries. For example, instead of in-person sports activities promoting the first year’s campaign, more activities will rely on online outreach.

Murat Gultekin, MD

Murat Gultekin, MD

“We are focusing on support through social media networks. Purple is the color of the gynecologic cancer ribbon. We encourage people around the world to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers and supporting patients by wearing something purple or painting their lips or nails purple. Then, share the photos with us using the #GoForPurple hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter,” explained Murat Gultekin, MD, ENGAGe Co-Chair.

For more information, visit www.worldgoday.org


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