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History of Japan Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Japan Society of Gynecologic Oncology has its origin in the Japan Colposcopy Association, which was founded in August 1975 under the leadership of three scholars, Drs. Soju Kurihara, Yoshio Tenjin, and Kiichiro Noda who are the current honorary chairpersons of the Society. It was then renamed as Japan Society of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy in August 1982, and in the next year, the first academic journal of the society was issued. In July 1985, it was renamed again as Japan Society of Gynecologic Pathology and Colposcopy to promote development of the Society. In 1994, the Japan Ovarian Tumor Pathology Research Society and this Society, which had held sessions independent of each other, held a joint session for the first time. In July 1998, the two societies merged to form Japan Society of Gynecologic Oncology. The academic journal is issued under a new name, the Journal of Japan Society of Gynecologic Oncology, beginning from number 2 of volume 16.

In the past, various specialized fields in gynecologic oncology held academic conferences and were involved in research activities independent of each other, and so an academic society that spans the entire field of gynecologic oncology had been long awaited. At that time, we were also in need of an organization to act as a liaison with overseas academic societies such as the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), the European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO), the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), the International Federation for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (IFCPC), International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD), and International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGYP). To cope with this pressing need, the Society merged with three other academic societies, the Japan Society of Tumor Marker and Genetic in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Japanese Association for Gynecologic Oncology and Chemotherapy, and Japan Society for the Study of Uterine Cancer, to form the new Japan Society of Gynecologic Oncology in July 2001.

The integration of the four academic societies has increased the number of members to well over 2,300. From a broad and comprehensive viewpoint based on an overall knowledge on gynecologic oncology, we pursue studies on pathology, diagnosis, treatment and molecular biology, and strive to achieve good results by appropriately balancing each field.

Comprehensive symposiums are planned and held in academic conferences of each field, reflecting the characteristics of each society before it was integrated into this Society. In principle, the spring conference focuses on the diagnosis of gynecologic tumors (pathology, colposcopy, genetic analysis, tumor markers, etc.) and the autumn conference focuses on the treatment of gynecologic tumors (operation, chemotherapy and radiation therapy). The academic journals of each field were unified into one in 2002 to create a unique gynecologic oncology academic society journal, which is now issued quarterly. From December 2004 we broadened our activities as the "Specified nonprofit organization, Japan Society of Gynecologic Oncology", publishing guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic tumors, and devoting further efforts to advancing the gynecologic tumor specialist system.