September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness! Eve Appeal have launched their Go Red campaign to get us talking about Gynae cancers. Here, we caught up with the team to get an important list of facts to be aware of. Knowledge and education can save lives. So have a read, pass this on and always speak up if you’re concerned about your health.
There are FIVE gynae cancers!
In the UK, 58 women a day are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer.
Anyone with a cervix is at risk of cervical cancer, so it’s important to attend your cervical screening appointment – 99.8% of cervical cancer cases are preventable yet screenings are at a 21-year low.
Cervical screenings are not a full gynae MOT. They only check your risk of developing cervical cancer.
Bleeding after the menopause (not having a period for more than one year) is not a ‘final period’ – it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right – and is a potential symptom of womb, cervical and vaginal cancer.
Unusual discharge can be a sign of gynae cancer – don’t cover it up with feminine hygiene washes and scented pads – be aware of the changes and when to seek help.
Check your breasts AND your vulva for lumps and bumps.
It might sound odd, but persistent bloating and a change in your bowel and urine habits are some of the key signs of ovarian cancer.
It’s good to know your family medical history – Around 4% of womb cancers and 15-20% of ovarian cancers are due to genetic conditions.
Know what is normal for you. Some of us have a bit of spotting when we ovulate, some of us often feel bloated, some of us have stronger smelling discharge. We are all different, but it’s about knowing what is normal for you and seeking help if you notice any changes.
Thanks to Eve Appeal for working with us on this post! You can find out more about the Go Red campaign and find out more about gynae cancer here or search #educatingeve on socials.