Women's health

Not just breasts! There is more to women than that.

When making potentially contentious points in 'The Independent'....

......as I do today (20 October) here take the chance to expand on the detail of what you mean.

Is it just me or did they cross the line?

A while ago I concluded that the World Cancer Research Fund was one of the odder, shriller charities working in cancer in the UK. If you poke about in previous posts here and here you’ll find out why.

Older and getting wearier

I’ve been interested in what happens to elderly men and women with cancer for a while now. The answer to 'what happens?' boils down to ‘not enough’, ‘never on time’ and ‘not with any care’.

Menopause? Schmenopause!

Isn’t physiology fascinating? I’ve got one and it’s doing its Darwinian thing. When I was about eleven I had my first period. I remember I was dead chuffed at the time. I only grew another couple of inches in height afterwards as a result but there we are. About 3 years later, with the wisdom of teenage and the novelty wearing decidedly thin, I remember thinking it would be good if I never had another period again. Thirty five years later and my adolescent dream is coming true.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the ‘Every Chance’ campaign, on age equality

Evidence is now emerging that shows older women with breast cancer are significantly less likely to get evidence based treatment than they should, missing out on surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. One of our leading and usually media savvy breast cancer charities - Breakthrough Breast Cancer – is campaigning to ensure treatment is based on clinical need, not age.

More on older men and women, cancer and the Cancer Reform Strategy. This time - cancer awareness

The baseline report on the Cancer Awareness Measure was published by the Department of Health in November last year and gives the results from two national surveys using the CR-UK Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM). The CAM was developed as part of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) to implement the Cancer Reform Strategy.

BBC news – older women and ovarian cancer

Only yesterday I happened to suggest that it might be unwise to use a beautiful young women (Emilia Fox) to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. My grounds were that it might give younger women the idea they were at particular risk of ovarian cancer and give older women the idea that they were not. It is the other way about. 

National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Vision

The Department of Health and the NHS have been battling with cancer care for many years. The Cancer Reform Strategy (CRS) was launched at the end of 2007 and follows on from the Cancer Plan, introduced in 2000 to improve cancer outcomes in the UK. The CRS identifies several groups at risk of experiencing inequality in provision of, and access to, cancer services such as older men and women, people from black and minority ethnic communities and socially and economically deprived populations.

Branding Cancer

Cancer Research UK’s ‘Race for Life’ is apparently the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. The description of their premier mass participation event goes on to say that “since 1994, women of all ages and fitness levels across the UK have come together at these inspiring events to walk, jog or run 5k to help beat cancer.” Sounds great fun. I sometimes run, though I prefer a 10k.

Think 'person' sometimes, not just 'man' or 'woman'

Information that resonates because of your gender is not the same as its significance to you as a person.