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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC is composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Global Health, and five Offices, including Public Health Preparedness and Response; State and Local Support; Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services; Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health; and Infectious Diseases. CDC employs more than 15,000 employees in more than 50 countries and in 168 occupational categories.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leader in nationwide efforts to ease the burden of cancer. Through the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective strategies for preventing and controlling cancer. CDC provides funding and assistance to help states, tribes/tribal organizations, and territories collect data on cancer incidence and deaths, cancer risk factors, and the use of cancer screening tests. Public health professionals use the data to identify and track cancer trends, strengthen cancer prevention and control activities, and prioritize the use of resources. CDC develops communication campaigns and materials designed to teach health professionals, policy makers, the media, and the public about cancer prevention and control.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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Office on Women's Health

The Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government's champion and focal point for women's health issues. OWH works to redress inequities in research, health care services, and education that have historically placed the health of women at risk. The National Women's Health Information Center Helplines connect you with information and resources to answer your health questions. The helplines cannot provide a medical diagnosis or answer medical questions, but can help you learn more about a health condition. All medical questions should be directed to a doctor or nurse. Trained English- and Spanish-speaking information and referral specialists will provide organizational referrals to assist you with any health questions or find and order free health information for you. For breast feeding help, breastfeeding peer counselors can answer common breastfeeding questions and walk you through challenges on issues ranging from latching to pumping and storage.

Review Date: August 28, 2012

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) was originally established as the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1913, and became the ACS in 1945. ACS is the voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It conducts and supports programs of research, education, and service to the cancer patient. The Society's immediate goal of saving more lives is served through educating the public about prevention and early detection of cancer, the importance of prompt treatment, and the possibilities of cure, through educating the medical profession to the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and through direct service to the cancer patient and the patient's family. Public education activities include a toll-free cancer information services publication of a variety of pamphlets, educational programs conducted in schools and communities, and presentation of materials in the mass media. The Society has a comprehensive professional education program designed to motivate physicians, dentists, and nurses to use the best cancer management techniques. The Society conducts service and rehabilitation programs for cancer patients and their families. ACS supports cancer research through several types of research grants and disseminates the research results. ACS has 17 divisions as well as over 3400 local units.

Review Date: June 25, 2009

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FCMS International Office

The mission of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies is to foster communication and association of medical societies and health care professionals sharing a common goal of enhancing the health of Chinese in North America and facilitating the professional development of its members.

Review Date: December 08, 2008

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Foundation for Women's Cancer

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation was founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) in 1991. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) is to ensure public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment as well as supports research and training related to gynecologic cancers. GCF advances this mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals. All members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) are members of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF). They are financially separate although they jointly fund some projects. The SGO works primarily with physicians and other health professionals, whereas the GCF's efforts are directed toward the public. They are viewed as complementary organizations.

Review Date: May 04, 2009

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National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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NIH National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. It coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Review Date: April 07, 2011

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Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a national medical specialty organization of physicians, surgeons and healthcare professionals who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. The purpose of the society is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancers by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge, raising the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies and collaborating with other organizations interested in women’s health care, oncology and related fields.

Review Date: September 26, 2011

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The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES)

The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES) was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Scott Hamilton, Olympic ice-skating champion and cancer survivor, and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute where he was treated. CARES was created to promote cancer awareness while raising significant funds for cancer research. Key components of CARES include 4th Angel Mentoring Program – designed to match newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers who are also cancer survivors and to match a caregiver of a cancer survivor to a current caregiver of a cancer patient; Chemocare.com – a unique website designed to help patients better understand the chemotherapy experience; Research Funding and Annual Ice show and Gala – the primary fundraising event for CARES.

Review Date: August 23, 2011

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Urology Care Foundation

The Urology Care Foundation is committed to promoting urology research and education. We work with researchers, healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers to improve patients' lives. The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA)—an organization of roughly 19,000 urologists and was formerly known as the AUA Foundation.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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