Unusual or irregular vaginal bleeding is a common symptom of gynaecological cancer and the main symptom of one of the gynaecological cancers: womb cancer. Womb cancer mainly affects women after the menopause, with about 20 per cent of cases occurring in pre-menopausal women. If you have any bleeding after the menopause - even just traces of blood - you should get checked out. The same goes for women who are pre-menopause and have bleeding outside their periods - just get bleedin' checked!
You may have seen our research today, which shows that women are normalising the symptoms of gynaecological cancer. Worryingly, a third of women that we spoke to say that they don't feel that the symptom of irregular bleeding is 'serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. This increases to over half of women aged 16-24 years old.
We have just launched a specialist nurse-led gynaecological cancer information service - Ask Eve. 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:
• Why do you think women say symptoms 'aren’t serious enough' to seek help?
• What do you think might be some of the other reasons that women don't seek help for a symptom like unusual vaginal bleeding?
• And what do you think we need to do to encourage women to seek help for symptoms like this?