Gynaecological Cancers are cancers that start in any part of a woman’s reproductive organs.
- 21,000 women are diagnosed with a form of Gynaecological cancer every year in the UK.
- On average 24 women are diagnosed each year in Guernsey & Alderney.
- On average 9 deaths are recorded each year in Guernsey & Alderney.
- There are 5 gynaecological cancers.
How to reduce the risk of developing gynaecological cancer:
- Stop smoking. Women who smoke are about twice as likely as non-smokers to get cervical cancer.
- Eat a healthy diet containing whole grains like wholegrain bread and cereals, beans, pulses, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Be physically active as part of your everday life.
- Go for regular screening.
- Attend when invited for HPV vaccination.
Changes to look out for include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- General abdominal pain.
- Pain during sexual Intercourse.
- Itchy skin around the opening to the vagina.
- Difficulty passing urine.
- Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating.
- Pelvic and/or abdominal pain.
- Changes in the vulva such as a rash, sores or warts.
Transgender, non-binary and intersex
There is useful information for transgender, non-binary and intersex communities on https://eveappeal.org.uk/gynaecological-cancers/tnbiinfo/