A New Irish Podcast On Gynaecological Cancers Has Just Landed

*adds to to-listen list*

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A new podcast on gynaecological cancers has just launched in Ireland.

The new series, released by the The Irish Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ISGO), details the ‘red flag symptoms’ of all gynaecological cancers – which make up 12 percent of all cancers in women.

Hosted by Dr Doireann O’Leary, the new podcast aims to empower women to advocate for themselves in healthcare settings, and educate on what to look out for when it comes to their own bodies.

The series is sponsored by Breakthrough Cancer Research, and all six episodes will be available on Dr Doireann’s Podcast.

She said: “I learned so much from the patient advocates who courageously shared their story and lived experience to help others. I also got to speak to the dedicated consultants who care for them; their lifelong dedication to providing evidence-based care with empathy is inspiring.

“This series is a must listen for all women; we discuss gynaecological cancers, ‘red flag’ symptoms never to ignore, how to ‘speak up’ and advocate for yourself in the oftentimes overwhelming healthcare setting. We say the ‘unsaids’. For me, having these conversations was educational, uplifting and inspiring and I know it will be for the listener too!”

As it stands, 1,400 gynaecological cancers are diagnosed in Ireland every year with 591 diagnosed in Northern Ireland.

The new series will focus on firsthand accounts of women diagnosed with these cancers, as well as the crucial symptom that shouldn’t be ignored.

These symptoms may include: abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, feeling full too quickly, bloating or difficulty eating, pelvic pain or pressure, abdominal or back pain, a more frequent need to urinate, constipation, itching burning changes of vulva and changes in vulval colour or skin.

Jenny Maginn, who took part in the podcast, said that she wanted to use her voice to help other women feel empowered.

“I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer,” she said. “A year of surgeries and treatments took my independence away and made me very reliant on family and friends. It was important to me after treatment to get back to as normal a life as possible.

“I wanted to feel valued and to be doing something worthwhile. The opportunity to create a podcast came at the right time. I was ready to be heard so that I could use my experience to help and give me a sense of purpose again.”

You can find out more about gynaecological cancers here.