Before you jump the gun – it isn’t just men, although they fare far worse.
UK cancer research charity The Eve Appeal has revealed that 50% of men can’t locate a vagina on a diagram.
The Eve Appeal decided to survey 1,000 men ahead of September’s Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month, IFL Science reports.
The survey also revealed that almost a quarter of the men were embarrassed to broach the subject of vagina location.
Last year, The Eve Appeal conducted a similar survey and discovered that 44% of females couldn’t identify the vagina and 60% were stumped by the whereabouts of the vulva. About half couldn’t locate the cervix.
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The survey results are indicative of a disturbing trend: people just don’t talk about vaginas enough. The shroud of secrecy surrounding this part of the female anatomy leads to ignorance which in turn leads to danger.
According to The Eve Appeal, more than 21,000 UK women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer each year. The Australian Government estimates that 6,073 Aussie women were diagnosed with some form of gynaecological cancer in 2017.
Here is a short video explaining the five main types (ovarian, cervical, vulva, vaginal and womb):
Both men and women have work to do when it comes to learning about female health. Talking about it is a great start.
“We know from the many calls that we receive at The Eve Appeal from men that they can play a vital role in identifying the symptoms, prompting their partners to visit the GP,” said Athena Lamnisos, chief executive of The Eve Appeal. “Early diagnosis really is key and can save lives.”
According to The Australian Government, risk factors for gynaecological cancer include increasing age, family history, gene mutations, reproductive history, exposure to certain hormones, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and lifestyle factors such as smoking or being overweight.
Symptoms include unusual bleeding or bumps, pain, swelling, itching or changes in bowel or bladder habits.
If you have any of these risk factors or symptoms, please see your doctor.
Answers 1) Fallopian tubes 2) uterus 3) ovaries 4) cervix 5) vagina 6) vulva