Did you know that collectively, gynaecological cancers are the world’s fourth biggest cancer killer among women? And the second most common cancer among women in the UK?
Lots of people we speak to have no idea of these figures. Why is this? Are gynaecological cancers, which cover womb, cervical, ovarian, vaginal and vulval cancer, the cancers that no one wants to talk about?
Our recent research shows that women aren't speaking to health professionals when they have symptoms of gynaecological cancer. A third of women told us that symptoms of gynaecological cancer are 'not serious enough' to warrant seeing a doctor. Furthermore, a fifth would wait a month or more before seeking help about the main symptom of gynaecological cancer - irregular vaginal bleeding - and one in twenty say they wouldn't seek help at all if they noticed a lump or growth in their vagina.
These findings are worrying and part of the reason why we've just launched Ask Eve, a specialist nurse-led gynaecological cancer information service. Delivered via confidential telephone and email support, those that are worried by symptoms are encouraged to Ask Eve as a first port of call if they're delaying seeking help from a health professional.
We want to hear from you:
• Did you know gynaecological cancers are the second most common cancer among UK women?
• Is there anything you'd be too embarrassed to speak to your doctor about?
• Is there anything you want to Ask Eve about for example related to the signs and symptoms and risk factors of gynaecological cancers? Let us know your questions here or by emailing our Ask Eve nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org