Mortality rates for the five gynaecological cancers are higher than for many other forms of cancer. There have been few advances in drug treatment in the last 20 years, and women undergoing chemotherapy not only experience distressing side-effects but may find their cancer eventually becomes resistant to currently available drug treatments.
Our mission is to support research into earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of gynaecological cancers so that women who are diagnosed are able to live longer and healthier lives.
Many women are unaware of the signs and symptoms of the five gynaecological cancers and the risk factors associated with them. For some, the subject is embarrassing and difficult to discuss. Added to this, the symptom pattern for some of these cancers is vague and a woman may have many referrals before she receives an accurate diagnosis. So there are further challenges in educating health professionals in the symptomatology and risk factors for the gynaecological cancers.
Early detection screening methods still do not exist for some of these cancers and many women with symptoms are ignoring them. Late detection and diagnosis make these cancers very difficult to treat effectively.
Our mission is to improve awareness of these five cancers in both women and health professionals by:
- Removing ALL sense of taboo.
- Raising awareness of WHAT the gynaecological cancers are and, most importantly, their symptoms.
- Informing and empowering women to understand their own bodies.
- Giving women confidence to speak to their doctors if they have any concerns.
We want to promote knowledge and awareness, NOT fear.