In October 2010, we launched the Mumsnet ‘C’ Word campaign. It’s a whole month dedicated to making sure we all know as much as we need to about cervical, breast and ovarian cancer – the three cancers which primarily affect women.
It’s a brilliant opportunity to ask any niggling questions you have about what symptoms to look out for, and to get advice on how to get support if you are diagnosed with cancer – as well as up-to-date information about the different forms of treatment currently available. We’ll give you plenty of time to post your questions, and the experts’ answers will remain on Mumsnet as a useful crib-sheet for future reference.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, so it’s vital to know what changes to look and feel for. Breast Cancer Care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer are teaming up to answer your questions. Find out how to check your boobs, whatever your age, shape or size, plus symptoms, the latest treatment developments and work to combat the disease.
Cervical cancer is largely preventable, thanks to vaccination and screening. During October, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the only UK charity dedicated to cervical cancer, will be on hand to take your questions. They’ll make sure we’re all aware of the symptoms and that none of us wriggles out of that next screening – it’s five minutes that could save your life.
Ovarian cancer is treatable if it’s diagnosed early – but, sadly, it’s often diagnosed very late. Ovarian Cancer Action, the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, will be answering your questions about what to look out for, and passing on some important tips – did you know, for example, that ovarian cancer isn’t picked up by a cervical smear test?
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