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American College of Phlebology

The American College of Phlebology (formerly the North American Society of Phlebology) was founded in 1985. It has grown to be the largest phlebology society in the United States with over 900 members. Members come from more than 30 countries with speciality backgrounds including dermatology, surgery, plastic surgery, gynecology, and family practice as well as phlebology. The ACP is a member of the International Union of Phlebology. The mission of the ACP is to improve the standards of practice and patient care related to venous disorders. The ACP sponsors international congresses, regional symposia, fellowship grants, research awards, and publishes phlebology papers in Dermatologic Surgery.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has over 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women; maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members; promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care; increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. ACOG houses a resource center which acts as a clearinghouse for ob/gyn information for both professionals and consumers.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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DES Action USA

DES Action is a national nonprofit organization formed to provide the public with information on the consequences of the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES) for women who have taken it and for children born to these women. They offer information and resources for DES-exposed mothers, daughters, sons, and grandchildren who may need special health care. In addition to publishing educational materials relating to DES, the organization provides a list of gynecologists who are familiar with the potential medical complications resulting from DES use.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Endometriosis Association

The Endometriosis Association is a nonprofit self-help organization dedicated to offering help and support to those affected by endometriosis, educating the public and medical community about the disease, and funding and promoting research related to endometriosis. Additional services include crisis call assistance, correspondence networks, support groups, and assistance in obtaining research subjects. The research program includes support for outside researchers, and the Association's program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Endometriosis Association has the largest collection of data on endometriosis in the world. All are welcome to join.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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Endometriosis Research Center

The Endometriosis Research Center (ERC) is a leading charitable organization founded in 1997 with the mission to elevate this painful illness to a priority public health platform. Unlike similar organizations, ERC is completely free; there is never a cost to benefit from or participate in any program. ERC is focused on lending a voice to and improving the lives of all those with endometriosis and bridging the gap between science and support. The organization contributes to every aspect of the disease through global collaborations with doctors and health professionals, scientists, affected shareholders, legislators, media, industry and all parties interested in endometriosis. It is ERC's goal to make a positive difference in the lives of the 176 million suffering through various, robust support and education programs, ongoing research facilitation and recruitment efforts, vast awareness endeavors, legislative and insurance/healthcare reform efforts, debunking of myths and misinformation, connecting women to quality care, and so much more.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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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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Interstitial Cystitis Association

The Interstitial Cystitis Association of America (ICA) is a national nonprofit patient-driven organization acting as an informative and supportive agent to patients with interstitial cystitis (IC). The group also seeks to educate both the medical profession and the public about interstitial cystitis--once thought to be rare--which may affect millions of people in the United States. IC is a chronic condition of the bladder wall which frequently goes undiagnosed. Although the cause is unknown and no treatment is uniformly effective for everyone, many treatments are available and the vast majority of patients obtain relief. Symptoms include bladder pain, urinary urgency, day and night frequency (up to 60 times per day in some people), suprapubic (lower abdominal) or perineal (area between scrotum and anus in men, or vagina and anus in women) pain and pressure. Interstitial cystitis is most often found in women but can affect either gender. ICA supports research through its own Pilot Research Program. The ICA provides one-on-one support, via phone, mail or e-mail; and through the IC Question Corner on their Web site, where consumer questions are answered by trained IC staff.

Review Date: April 24, 2012

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National Uterine Fibroids Foundation

The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to the following five goals: (1)To provide information to the public about the diagnosis of, and treatment options for, uterine fibroids and related conditions, and the right to receive, and the nature of, informed consent from medical providers for the treatment of uterine fibroids and related medical conditions affecting women's reproductive systems (2)To advocate for the rights of all women to maintain independent choice in the matter of deciding upon treatment options for uterine fibroids and related medical conditions affecting women's reproductive systems (3)To facilitate research studies (4)To promote alternatives to hysterectomy in an effort to thereby reduce the number of unnecessary hysterectomies performed on women with gynecological problems each year in the United States (5)To provide support to internet-developed women's health groups that provide services to women recovering from treatment choices that resulted in a negative outcome and/or reduced Quality of Life related to uterine fibroids and/or other conditions of their reproductive systems.

Review Date: May 23, 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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