Yesterday I took part in the Globeathon Awareness Walk, put on by the Barbados Cancer Society. The mission of the globeathon is to “increase awareness of women’s cancers, address disparities, and transcend barriers (i.e. ethnic, racial, political, geographic, financial, cultural and religious) through educational outreach and global community engagement.”
Why is raising awareness important? Here’s a quick summary from globeathon.com:
“GYN cancer impacts women worldwide, accounting for 19 percent of the 5.1 million estimated new cancer cases each year (Word Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer). These cancers are extremely difficult to diagnose since most women don’t recognise the symptoms. By the time it’s detected, the disease is already at an advanced stage and survival rates are shockingly low.
GYN cancers have long been ignored, often considered a taboo topic of discussion and underfunded in the medical world. With increasing numbers of women at a greater risk and those in developing countries disproportionately affected, the time is ripe for action.”
In honour of spreading the word, I thought I would share a few links with some more information on the subject in hopes that this will help inform as well as encourage discussion.
- globeathon.com – The international hub for the Globe-athon, has a lot of information on the cause as well as GYN cancers including a ton of videos.
- Types of Gynecologic Cancers
- Symptoms of Gynecologic Cancers
- The Subtle Signs of Ovarian Cancer every woman should know