Women's Cancer Awareness...
In New Zealand 3 women are diagnosed and 1 woman dies every day from a gynaecological cancer.
This equates to 1,000 New Zealand women being diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year and more than 1 woman dying every day. This is on the increase!
Despite these alarming statistics, gynaecological cancer remains a taboo subject among the public. We know the stigma, embarrassment and a lack of knowledge about the disease, are key barriers for women to talk openly about gynaecological cancer and seek medical help.
It is a shocking fact that women know little about their own anatomy; many unable to identify the vagina on an anatomical diagram, many could not identify the cervix.
Awareness of all 5 women's cancers is low, some woman cannot even name a single women's gynaecological cancer. This highlights the need for better education and awareness in our communities. Women need to be better informed about what is normal when it comes to their gynaecological health.
If women recognise symptoms that are not normal for them there is a higher chance they will seek help. This knowledge will equip young women for the future, and work to remove the stigma associated with gynaecological cancer.
Knowledge is power - Know your body, know the signs!
Gynaecological cancers are most treatable when it is found early. It is the Foundation's mission to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of all 5 women's gynaecological cancers as early detection can save lives.
SEPTEMBER: Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
|FEBRUARY: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - 2020|