From the United States to Ghana, from Austria to Antarctica, from Peru to South Korea, people from all over the world joined in the first ever international relay for GYN Cancers.
On the weekend of September 29, 2013, participants in over 80 countries made history by walking in solidarity with each other and with millions of women and families affected by gynecologic cancers.
Global cancer statistics indicate that gynecologic cancers accounted for 19% of the 5.1 million estimated new cancer cases, 2.9 million cancer deaths and 13 million 5-year prevalent cancer cases among women in the world. Each year, over 230,000 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer worldwide. The majority of these women will die from the disease: Ovarian Cancer is responsible for an estimated 140,000 deaths per year, worldwide. Cervical Cancer is alarmingly on the rise in South and East Asia, Latin America and Africa with the incidence and death rate higher than it has been in 30 years. These silent and deadly diseases are a major global priority.
Globe-athon is an unprecedented, international call-to-action that shows a light on below-the-belt cancers.