11 September 2019
This month is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and Dr Jo Bailey wants to raise awareness of the symptoms you need to look out for.
"Over 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year, but it still remains a taboo subject among the public. We know that stigma, embarrassment and a lack of knowledge about the disease prevent women talking openly about gynaecological cancer and seeking medical help.
Cervical cancer can also be prevented by having smear tests but fewer women are attending smears when invited. Abnormal bleeding does not equal cancer but if women notice bleeding after the menopause or after sex, persistent bloating or changes in bowel or urinary habits, lumps or soreness on the vulva, please arrange a check up.
It is vital that we raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of all types of gynaecological cancers. When we increase awareness, stop this being a taboo subject, and get women talking about their bodies, we can reduce the number of women dying from the disease."
On Thursday 24 October from 6pm - 8pm Dr Bailey is providing a talk on women's gynaecological health. Book your place.