Question – can you name the 5 different types of gynaecological cancers? You probably can’t, as like me, you weren’t aware that there were even 5 of them. Maybe you could have mustered cervical cancer if you really thought about it.
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Well there are in fact 5 and they are; womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal. Unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that only 1 in 7 women can name a single gynaecological cancer.
Why is this? Well, the trouble is that for most women, talking about ‘down there’ is a major embarrassment. The fact that we have to call it ‘down there’ is pretty telling. I bet if that if we asked you to say 5 different names for ‘down there’, you be able to reel them off. The words vagina appears to be a little much for a lot of us to say.
Let’s face it, most things for us Brits as a nation that are deemed embarrassing or, heaven forbid, “personal” are generally not up for discussion. Add to that a topic or issue that is situated firmly below the naval area and most people will not want to discuss this, or even admit to there being a problem. Plus, we wouldn’t want to go and bother the GP for something that is probably nothing, or will clear up on its own, would we?
The Eve Appeal, the UK national charity raising awareness in the 5 gynaecological cancers, gave us the following facts about the embarrassment and taboos surrounding women’s cancers:
- Every day in the UK, 58 women are diagnosed with one of the 5 forms of gynaecological cancer, affecting more than 21,000 women and their families each year
- Nearly a fifth of women (18%) are worried about seeing their GP about gynaecological-related health issues
- A third of women don’t see their own gynaecological health issues as being serious enough to warrant visiting their GP or doctor’s surgery
- Over two fifths (41%) of women under 35 believe they are too young to develop a gynaecological cancer
- Nearly a fifth (19%) of women would wait 4 weeks or more before visiting a health professional about irregular vaginal bleeding
- Over a third of women (38%) aged between 46 and 55 are most likely to ignore gynaecological health symptoms in the hope that they will go away
- When shown a medical drawing of the female reproductive system, nearly half (46%) couldn’t locate the vagina and 60% the vulva
- Two thirds (67%) of British women do not know what an endometrium is, despite endometrial cancer (also known as womb cancer) being the fourth most common cancer in the UK
I’m pretty sure that you’ll all agree that the above is a pretty sobering set of figures and that this issue is definitely something that should be on all of our radars.
Sam attended the press launch of GET LIPPY and was really moved and ultimately motivated to take action by the stories and voices that she heard whilst there. A line from Eve Appeal Gynae Cancer Nurse Specialist Tracie Miles really struck her as particularly hard hitting; “We need to stop women dying of embarrassment”.
So listen up ladies, we need to stop the stigma and raise awareness at the same time. We HAVE to talk more and we have to put our health first.
The Eve Appeal is the only UK national charity raising awareness and funding research in the 5 gynaecological cancers. It was set up to save women’s lives by funding ground-breaking research focused on developing effective methods of risk protection, earlier detection and developing screening for these women-only cancers. Their vision is simple – they want a future where fewer women develop and more women survive gynaecological cancer.
They have joined forces with beauty industry organisation Cosmetic Executive Women UK (CEW), along with some leading retail and beauty brands to launch GET LIPPY month in May. The aim of GET LIPPY is to encourage everyone to GET LIPPY – to speak up and out – about women’s health and the early signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers, without embarrassment.
In May 2018, The Eve Appeal invites women and men across the UK to get involved by buying a lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm from a GET LIPPY partner and ‘pout for a purpose’ by sharing a photo on social media throughout the campaign. For every product sold in May, £1 or 10% will be donated to The Eve Appeal medical research programme to fund vital research.
So, we’re asking you lovely lot out there to get involved and get your best pouts out this month, tagging #GetLippy on whichever your preferred social media is – spread the message far and wide! Don’t forget to tag us in too @upallhoursphotos and The Eve Appeal @eveappeal to drum up awareness for this amazing cause!
Let’s GET LIPPY people!
These are the brilliant brands who are proud to be getting lippy:
- Vaseline: Lip Therapy 20g tins in Original, Alice and Mirror Mirror – available at Tesco.com
- EOS: Lip Balm Spheres in Sweet Mint, Strawberry Sorbet and Coconut Milk – available at Tesco.com
- Hourglass: All Hourglass lipsticks in the ICON shade including Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick, Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, Girl Lip Stylo and Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss – available at Harveynichols.com and Spacenk.com
- Elemis: Lip Revive Conditioning Balm, White Flowers Eye and Lip Make Up Remover and Pro-Definition Eye and Lip Contour Cream available at elemis.com and Elemis stockists nationwide
- Lipstick Queen: Entire Dating Game range – available at spacenk.com
- Oliver Bonas: Gin and Tonic Lip Balm tins and Pink Fizz Lip Balm Tins at oliverbonas.com
- Bali Balm: Amaxing natural and vegan lip balms available online at balibalm.com