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Athena Lamnisos

CEO of women's cancer charity, The Eve Appeal

CEO of women's cancer charity, The Eve Appeal.

Saying The Word Vagina Is Not Brave, It's NORMAL

It isn't about being confident in a bikini, it's about addressing the shame, embarrassment and lack of knowledge that women routinely experience when something goes wrong inside their pelvis (ovaries, womb, cervix, vagina) or between their legs (the vulva). This is body shaming of a different kind - internal, specific to women's reproductive health and genitals.
06/10/2017 16:16 BST

Not Just Women's Troubles

September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month. We lead this campaign and the national conversation to get everyone talking about the five gynaecological cancers and their signs and symptoms. This means a lot of straight-talking. It means calling a vagina a vagina - and knowing what the difference is between a vulva (no, it's not a car) and a vagina.
01/09/2017 13:41 BST

If Mum Knows Best, What If Mum Doesn't Know?

The reason why this is so important is that if women don't know their vulva from their vagina, and don't know what's normal for them and what's not when it comes to their gynae health, then how can we expect them to know when a potentially common symptom might indicate a gynaecological cancer?
20/09/2016 11:32 BST

#KnowYourBody For Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

One in seven women couldn't name a gynaecological cancer and nearly half couldn't identify the vagina on a diagram. This is so very worrying. How can we expect women to know what changes to look out for in their vagina or to notice any of the signs and symptoms of a gynaecological cancer if they're not body aware?
01/09/2016 11:54 BST

Gynae Cancers: What's the Fuzz About?

Why are women not too embarrassed to show your genitals to a beauty therapist but are able to put up with the discomfort of waxing, but so embarrassed they can't go to the doctor and talk about the lump they've found in their vulva or the fact they're bleeding after sex?
09/08/2016 14:06 BST

Tackling the Taboo of Women's Cancers Is Bleedin' Obvious

Every two hours, every day, in the UK a woman dies from ovarian cancer. That's 12 - mothers, daughters and friends - and it's definitely 12 women too many. Over 7,000 women a year receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and of that, what's really brutal, is that over 4,300 will die within five years.
16/03/2016 08:34 GMT

We Need to Talk About Vaginas

The worst conversation many of us will ever have will relate to deadly diseases such as gynaecological cancers. And one thing is very clear to me - these diseases don't discriminate; they can affect women at any age. Nearly 20,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and almost 8,000 die within five years.
22/09/2015 16:07 BST

It's Time to Open Up: Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Not having those conversations can cost lives. So what's stopping us on this one? The dictionary definition of vagina is very straightforward: 'the part of a woman's body that connects her outer sex organs to her womb'. It's an anatomical term, and should be used without shame.
01/09/2015 16:59 BST