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GYNAECOLOGICAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers in New Zealand. With more women dying from ovarian cancer than all other gynaecological cancers combined, it’s an important time for us to shine a light on ovarian cancer and raise awareness of the symptoms.

Gynaecological cancers include

  • ovarian cancer
  • uterine (otherwise known as endometrial or womb) cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • vulvar cancer
  • vaginal cancer
  • gestational trophoblastic neoplasia

In general, there is little that can be done to prevent ovarian cancer, which is why everyone must know the symptoms to watch out for.

Learn about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month 2023

In 2023, as part of our activities for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, we made an oral presentation to parliament in support of our submission calling for improvements to ovarian cancer care. As a result of our advocacy, the Health Select Committee made recommendations to Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora to improve ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Read about our submission.