September has been designated Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month by the Silver Ribbon Foundation for Gynaecological Cancer based here in New Zealand.
I put my name down to hold a Share and Care event in my home. These are being held through the country in an attempt to educate and inform women of the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancer to enable early detection. As those of you who regularly read my blog know, this is a cause that is very personal to me. I held my event yesterday afternoon (Saturday).
(Right: Some of my guests)
The Silver Ribbon Foundation provided information, a quiz, prizes and promotional giveaway items. 19 ladies of varying ages came and we had a great afternoon and according to my guests, they gained a lot of insight and information about the four main gynaecological cancers – ovarian, uterine, cervical and vulval/vaginal. My cancer – fallopian tube cancer – being very rare, is treated as ovarian cancer.
Did you all know that pap smears only screen cervical cancer? The other gynaecological cancers including the biggest killer – ovarian – can not be detected using a pap smear test. Unfortunately there are currently no tests available that are able to reliably detect these cancers so noticing and getting prompt medical advice about any abnormal symptoms is crucial – these cancers are called the silent killers!
(Right: What did I forget to say – gee I look worried!)
Would all you lovely ladies please have a look at the Silver Ribbon Foundation’s website and set about educating yourselves and then pass on what you have learnt to all your female family and friends. You owe it to yourselves to be forewarned and therefore less vulnerable.
Not only did we have a fantastic afternoon but their generosity resulted in over $180 being donated for the Silver Ribbon Foundation. Thanks to all my guests for helping make this such a huge success.
Here are photos of the information packs given to each guest; little flower bouquets containing Herschey’s chocolates – yum! that a stamping friend helped me to make for everyone; and some of the cards I made and sold with the proceeds to the Silver Ribbon Foundation. My lovely friend and neighbour, Joan, donated a bottle of wine (beautifully wrapped) which we raffled off.