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Gynecological Cancers: Are British Women Dying of Embarrassment?

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Are British women literally dying of embarrassment when it comes to gynecological cancer? The Eve Appeal, a British non-profit cancer research organization, believes the answer is yes.

Their recent survey resulted in some startling finds concerning British women and gynecological cancers.

One standout: one in five women think cervical cancer is caused by promiscuity.

In an online poll of 1,000 women, results suggested that 25 percent of women avoid talking to their doctor about gynecological problems because, not only they are leery of being judged on their sexual history, they’re embarrassed.

Four out of 10 felt the shame is greater around uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers than other cancers, wrote The Guardian.

The non-profit said that its survey results show these inaccurate links between gynecological cancers and promiscuity have created a frightening stigma that could come at the cost of women’s lives.

The Eve Appeal made the point that there is no link between gynecological cancers and promiscuity.

For those who argue that sexually transmitted diseases, which are transmitted by genital contact and sexual intercourse cause gynecological cancer, the non-profit has two rebuttals.

First HPV is so common, that 80 percent of people will contract some form of the virus in their lifetime. This includes women who have only had one sexual partner, wrote Marie Claire UK.

HPV can cause cervical cancer, but having HPV is also as common as catching a cold. Infection does not imply promiscuity, Dr. Adeola Olaitan, consultant gynaecological oncologist at University College hospital, London, said in the Guardian.

Second, it’s a common misconception that STDs, including HPV, also cause ovarian or uterine cancer. “There is no know association,” said the Eve Appeal, as reported by The Guardian.

Researchers warned that a combination of things get in the way of women who should seek medical help when they do experience gynecological cancers symptoms.

A lack of knowledge about the causes of gynecological cancers is a major problem.

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