Eve 4 Eve Fundraiser
On Friday evening I was delighted to take part in the Eve 4 Eve Fundraiser on behalf of The Eve Appeal to raise funds and awareness for gynae cancers. It was organised by two lovely local ladies Elizabeth from Eliza Eliza and Bethan from Bethan Kate’s Tea Room in Pentyrch.
How many of you reading this have been guilty about delaying your smear test? I can raise my hand currently. I was supposed to get mine done when my son was three months old. It was originally due in July last year but I was pregnant so unable to have it. He is nearly six months already. I haven’t been….
The Eve Appeal provide support and information on the five gynaecological cancers. More than 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer each year. 21,000! That is 58 women every single day.
Who are the Eve Appeal?
The Eve Appeal are the only UK national charity of gynaecological cancer. As well as raising funds to support vital research into gynae cancer, the Eve Appeal are dedicated to education women (and men) in basic gynaecology and to encourage women to overcome their reservations at approaching health care workers. According to their research only half of women aged 16-35 could correctly label their vagina. September is actually gynaecological cancer awareness month so follow the hashtag #GynaeMonth on social media for posts.
I didn’t realise until researching this post that there are five gynaecological cancers: womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal. Even with a background in science I had only heard about ovarian and cervical cancer. Until last night I never knew vulval cancer even existed! Globally nearly 500,000 women die from a gynaecological cancer every year. That’s a huge figure. According to the World Cancer Research Fund (their website is here) cervical cancer causes nearly 8% of all cancers in women around the world. What shocked me most was that in 2012 the rate of stomach cancer and endometrial cancer was the same at 320,000 cases. I’ve never heard of endometrial cancer either and I’ve had a womb for 41 years!
The Fundraiser at Bethan Kate’s Tea Room
Elizabeth hosted a tea party in aid of the Eve Appeal. I had a great night. Elizabeth had set five challenges to complete. I think everyone had great fun at the Play-Doh sculpting table. Indeed we took many photos of our creations! Seeing how many marbles I could get into a box one by one using a speculum is not something I thought I would ever do or write about! It is surprisingly tricky to use a speculum, I managed 20, not the lowest score but nowhere near the winning 29. If you like the sound of hosting a tea party yourself, you can get more information here.
Keen to find out more about Eliza Eliza and The Eve Appeal?
For more information on all five gynae cancers and the work of the Eve Appeal, visit the Eve Appeal website. For more information on the bespoke, handmade hemp clutches from Eliza Eliza you can visit Elizabeth at Eliza Eliza UK.
The V Collection released on 1st September is designed exclusively to support the Eve Appeal and features a really cool inner print that you need to look twice at. Every clutch and purse sold donates money directly to the Eve Appeal.
You can find Eliza Eliza on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Lastly, I will be going for my smear soon, if you aren’t up-to-date, take a deep breath and book your appointment too. There are things I would rather do than spend ten minutes with a nurse and a speculum but not many things in those ten minutes could save my life like a smear could.
If you have any concerns or questions about your health, visit a Doctor. Let’s be honest it is embarrassing but they’ve seen (and heard) it all before. It’s much better than worrying about or ignoring something that could be treated.
I will be making sure I educate my daughter on the importance of regular smear tests (when she is a teenager). Maybe not just yet I don’t think I could deal with the questions lol.