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Project Nana strives to diminish disparities in menopausal healthcare, gynecologic cancers and STIs. We currently participate in health fairs, are invited to present at conferences and have worked with organizations with complementary scopes in assessing and advocating equitable policies for post-menopausal women’s consideration and care.

Advancing health equity for women 55 years and older means creating awareness and advocating for change in language and policies that diminish the importance of ongoing, preventative women’s healthcare beyond the reproductive season.

Our policy initiatives are focused on 3 main areas:

  • Revising Medicare access for annual women’s exams from every two years to each year

  • Expanding data collection and reporting to include women 55 years and older with respect to sexual health, communicable diseases and quality of life, social determinants of health

  • Adding 'when was the last time you experienced any vaginal bleeding?' to a list of required questions that a healthcare provider should ask a postmenopausal person.

    • If the answer is that bleeding has occurred after menopause, that is an indicator for further investigation.

TAKE ACTION with our partner, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Initiatives

Throughout the year, several important awareness campaigns and observances are dedicated to gynecologic cancers, shedding light on their impact and the importance of early detection and prevention. Here are some key initiatives:

Teal Ribbon Campaign
The teal ribbon serves as the internationally recognized symbol for gynecologic cancer awareness. It represents solidarity with those impacted by gynecologic cancers and signifies support for all types of these malignancies. Throughout the year, individuals wear or display the teal ribbon to promote awareness, understanding, and education about gynecologic cancers.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January
January is dedicated to Cervica
l Cancer Awareness Month, aiming to increase awareness about cervical cancer and its prevention. The focus is on regular screenings such as Pap tests and HPV tests, HPV vaccination, and education on preventive strategies. Through various outreach activities, the emphasis is on early detection and ensuring more lives are saved through prevention efforts.

Uterine/Womb/Endometrial Cancer Awareness Month in June
Uterine Cancer Awareness Month, observed annually in June raises awareness about uterine cancer. This awareness month aims to educate individuals about the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer, and encourages regular health check-ups and screenings. By spreading knowledge and fostering discussions, Uterine Cancer Awareness Month strives to empower women to take charge of their reproductive health and seek timely medical attention.

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September

September is recognized as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. It serves as a significant period to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers, including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Various awareness campaigns, events, and educational initiatives are organized to promote understanding, support, and research for these cancers.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September
September is also designated as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, specifically focusing on raising awareness about ovarian cancer. This month provides an opportunity to educate the public about ovarian cancer symptoms, risk factors, and the significance of early detection. Organizations and advocacy groups use this time to advocate for research funding, support services, and patient care improvements.

Gynecologic Oncology Awareness Day on September 20
Gynecologic Oncology Awareness Day is observed annually on September 20th. On this day, efforts are concentrated on raising awareness about gynecologic cancers. The focus is on early detection, available treatment options, and the importance of support for individuals affected by these cancers. Events, educational activities, and social media campaigns mark this significant day.
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