This may seem like a heavy topic to be discussing on the blog, but since reading some alarming data from The Eve Appeal, I think we need to. Their latest data shows there’s a huge misunderstanding and lack of knowledge amongst women when it comes to the causes and symptoms of gynaecological cancers, which is sadly costing lives.
The survey showed that we need to increase education in women’s health to ensure that women not only know what to look out for, but feel comfortable talking to their GP about it.
The survey showed that 20% of women think that gynaecological cancer is related to sexual promiscuity (it’s not) and it’s this kind of misunderstanding that prevents patients from talking about their problems.
Each day in the UK, 55 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer. These cancers may have been picked up earlier if women felt more comfortable talking to their GP about their symptoms, or if there was better understanding about the symptoms to look out for.
As a GP, it saddens me to read that 85% of the women surveyed believed that talking more openly about gynaecological health could save lives, but many of them didn’t feel they could talk to their GP about this type of problem. A staggering 50% of women, actually.
This month is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, so over the next few weeks I’m doing my part by discussing all things women’s health related, from “what to expect from a gynaecological examination” to a discussion about the different cancers and what you should be looking for.
If you’d like to raise awareness about gynaecological cancer, then get involved! The Eve Appeal is inviting everyone to join their new fundraising campaign, called Eve 4 eve, which you can read about here.
So ladies, let’s work together and raise awareness of cancer! I’d love you to spread the message- The Eve Appeal is encouraging people to use #TimeToOpenUp across social media channels, so feel free to share this post so we can educate as many women as possible!