Gynaecological Awareness Month! Know your body
Would you recognise a problem if you saw it?
Although around 21,000 women per year contract some form or fashion of Gynaecological illness, it is not obvious if it is cancerous. Keeping your female organs healthy and being checked regularly up to the age of 70, is essential for women.
‘Gynie’ problems as they are referred to by many women (it’s easier!) can occur for multiple other reasons, that are not serious and may simply need a straight forward treatment to clear them up.
However, there are several ‘areas’ in which you could have a cancerous problem, namely five. These are cervical cancer, vulval cancer, vaginal cancer, womb cancer and ovarian cancer. All of these are treatable, but the ovarian type is the most serious, and must be caught early, as it is quite resistant to both radiation and chemotherapy. It makes sense if you have any kind of swelling or unusual bleeding, that you get it checked out by your GP.
In terms of other cancers, they are less detectable, but your GP will know whether to refer you to a specialist or not, if in any doubt.
The purple ribbon
There is much publicity around breast cancer awareness and you should be checking your breasts on a regular basis. However, other ‘gynie’ conditions are not so obvious, and just as important as any unusual lumps or symptoms to give you peace of mind.
A purple ribbon (as opposed to a pink one for breast cancer) is the symbol for ‘gynie’ awareness month and even if you don’t participate in fundraising or any other activity to raise awareness, it can make other people think about it as well as yourself.
The Royal Marsden Hospital is a source of information, particularly citing cases of cancer in much younger women from their 20s upwards, and does produce a series of short videos in connection with the disease and any symptoms etc. Contrary to public opinion, these cancers are not necessarily connected with the menopause, they can occur before and afterwards – there are no boundaries.
Ways to help yourself
Whilst some of the cancers have little or no symptoms if they are left undetected, there are ways to help yourself and to avoid certain things, such as:
- Excess smoking (avoid second-hand smoke as well).
- Inexplicable weight gain or loss.
- Unhealthy diet, a balanced diet is far better for all illnesses.
These will help with the risks of contracting the disease, but not prevent it.
Taking part in the NHS scheme directed at female cancers is a facility you should use, provided regularly. If you should be unlucky enough to contract any cancers, you can get extra support, advice and care from the valued MacMillan Nurses organisation, that employ skilled nurses and trained advisors to help you through.
Be aware, it’s the best way and go immediately to your GP if you need help and reassurance.
Don't just take our word for it,
see what our users think
Within two days, I was registered and ready for work with a regular contract arranged by Matthew. When this contract ended Matthew provided me with great support and boosted my confidence enough to help me take a step up in my nursing role. He is a true credit to AppLocum and always maintains a highly professional service.
A M McGuire
You guys are marvellous!! I work with a few agencies but to be honest you're miles better at everything so I just work with you guys now.
I would recommend AppLocum! Matthew is always so helpful and great at getting shifts sorted quick and fast. The whole process was smooth and easy starting my set up at AppLocum. Matthew always keeps in touch to inform you what is going on with each job. Best agency out there!
You have helped me so much throughout 2019 coming into 2020. Its been a hard year for everyone but you made sure I had work no matter what the circumstances were, you motivated me so much to apply for my [NMC] pin. You improved my skills and knowledge within these 2 years and I wouldn't have done it without you.
I have worked for AppLocum for three years now and they are fantastic to work for! They are like one big family! They really take the time to get to know you personally, and are so supportive from the compliance officers to the nurse consultants! They are easily accessible and really care about their ANP's.
I have been delighted by the commitment of the AppLocum team in finding me long term work during this difficult time and the communication has been superb. I started working with the team a few weeks ago and have had more work than with my usual two agencies.
It was the best experience I have ever had, having been through the same process with other agencies many times before. Obviously, I was hesitant at first having had my own personal experiences with agencies but I soon got a good feeling about this one. Very personal and friendly approach.
I have recently changed my locum provider and the service I receive is excellent There is always a quick response for any requirements and queries I have. A practice managers role is very hectic and having a reliable locum agency takes so much pressure off our working day.