One of my best friends friends (up & coming PR pro for sure) has been working alongside the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation over the past few months & apart of that has been dedicated to orchestrating Get Together for Gynae – an event which both wrapped up September awareness month for the foundation and made creative use of teal ribbons.
I wore it on my bag – my friend Lisa wore it on her wrist!
This wrapped up September awareness month for the foundation – and in my view it was a great success attracting around 100 people to the all-class venue alongside excellent hosts and catering…
There were bubbles & nibbles, before presentations and speeches were given – and we all learned a bit about the foundation, and the different types of gynecological cancers.
I also took some cheeky snaps of actress Keisha Castle Hughes (left) – who was wearing a very cute dress.
I think there may be a few snaps of myself floating around, here’s hoping I can track them down!
So, why does the Gynaecological Cancer Foundation + September Awareness Month matter?
Gynaecological cancer is lady-killer… quite literally, claiming the lives of (on average) 1 New Zealand female each day – and that’s not taking into account the rest of the world! Although pap smears allow early detection of cervical cancer, there’s no way to detect the other kinds of gynecological cancer (and those cancers are even harder to talk about bearing the glamorous names of uterine, ovarian and vulval cancers).
The problem with a lot of these cancers is that the symptoms are easy to brush off as tiredness, or just being generally run down – these symptons can include bloating, difficulty eating, abdominal pain and tiredness. Make sure you visit the website for a detailed run down of the signs and symptoms – because by just knowing what the symptoms are you immediately put yourself in a better position to identify when you need to see a doctor.
OK – I hope you learnt something if this was new to you! But here’s a quick question for you, did you know anything about the gynecological cancers before you read this post?