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Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists



December 2018

Dear SGNO Members and Friends

Thanksgiving is now behind us and hopefully many of us were able to reflect on our current

blessings. One of my blessings is being part of this wonderful organization. SGNO has

enabled me to meet wonderful peers throughout the country and exchange information valuable

both professionally and personally. SGNO has often revitalized me and helped confirm why I went

into this career. Here is a quote that seems appropriate.

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person . Each of us

has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."

                                                                                   -- Albert Schweitzer

We are fortunate in the United States to have access to amazing oncologists and cutting edge

research that we share at our SGNO conferences. The number of deaths worldwide is

increasing. This is predominantly a result of aging and growing populations so can be

misleading. When corrected to death by population size rates globally are slowly falling.

It is projected by the American Cancer Society that there will be over 22,240 new cases of

ovarian cancer and 14,070 ovarian cancer deaths in the United States in 2018. This accounts

for 2.5% of all female cancers but 5 % of deaths due to the low survival rates.

Globally, breast and cervical cancers are the leading cause of death for females.

I am hoping to see you all at the 36th Annual SGNO Symposium in Fort Worth ,Texas.

Kelly Crayton, the Program Chair, is putting together speakers to inform and revitalize you! We

will be posting the Daily Schedule on the SGNO website by February 2019.

The plan is to end our program each day by 3PM to enable you to do some sight seeing in

Fort Worth. The Longhorn Stockyard Historic Section has a must-see cattle drive at 4pm. You

can tour the historic section and follow it up with some dancing at the famous Billy Bobs . Also,

the only cowgirl museum in the United States is in Fort Worth!

Hope to see you all in Texas. Encourage your peers to join SGNO. We encourage new

members and anyone who has an interest in becoming a more active member, I will be more

than happy to talk to you.


Carol Prone RN,BSN

SGNO President