Sadly, considering that womb cancer is the most common of the gynaecological cancers, it doesn’t officially have a month of its own – instead it gets lumped in with the other gynae cancers in “gynaecological cancer awareness month".
We believe that it deserves, indeed needs a month of its own. You can read a blog I did for the Beauty Despite Cancer website on why we think womb cancer has to have an awareness month of its own.
It make me angry that womb cancer gets so little attention and the awareness raising that we do is by and large ignored by the larger cancer charities. Many of the ladies who come to us had never heard of womb cancer before being diagnosed so it shows that there is very little awareness out there.
Time and again I hear from women who say that whilst sitting in the GP surgery waiting room they look around for info on womb cancer and don’t find any. So that’s why we had awareness leaflets printed and these same ladies now help get them into their surgeries to help raise awareness.
As a very small not for profit, it’s very hard for us to be seen and heard but we will continue to do all we can to raise the profile of womb cancer and get the information out there.
We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. We want all women to know the risk factors of womb cancer and to be as womb cancer aware as they are about breast cancer.
According to CRUK, 9.324 women were diagnosed with womb cancer in 2014, that is 26 women a day. Mothers, Daughters, Wives, Sisters, Aunts, Nieces, Grandmothers. A family being given the news that no-one wants to hear.
This September we are asking you to help us “Give Womb Cancer A Voice” and raise awareness. We’re not asking you to run a marathon, jump out of an aeroplane or shave your hair off – there are lots of simple things you can do to help out. Check out here
A womb cancer diagnosis is no less traumatic that a cervical or breast cancer diagnosis. We deserve the same level of help and support and recognition.