Gynaecological cancers can affect the lives of those who experience them, and the people who surround them, in many noticeable ways. These cancers relate to the female reproductive system, including ovarian and fallopian tube cancers, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus) and cancer of the vulva and vagina.
The statistics for gynaecological cancers can be undoubtable intimidating. In Australia on average 13 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer every day. The survival rate for all gynaecological cancers combined five years from diagnosis is 67% (for comparison, the same statistic for breast cancer is 90%). To be diagnosed can feel like the beginning of a long uphill battle.
On top of this, gynaecological cancer on the whole can sometimes feel like an awkward conversation to have. Their still remains a certain amount of stigma in discussing these issues.
This blog is a reaction to these trends. We want to counteract the negativity, silence and stigma with healthy, positive and celebratory discussion. We want to share the stories of gynaecological cancer survivors, learn about gynaecological cancers, take part in conversations and encourage those affected by gynaecological cancers to share their own experiences.
We want to celebrate these women for what they are – warriors.