HAMPTON ROADS, Virginia – A Norfolk-based nonprofit is encouraging women 55 and older to schedule and keep health appointments as the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of people who are routinely cared for.
Project Nana says the number of women using routine gynecological treatments has decreased and the trend is alarming for postmenopausal women, who frequently suffer and die from late-diagnosed gynecological cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there were 110,070 new cases of gynecological cancer and an estimated 32,120 deaths in 2018. Gynecological cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine / endometrial, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
To promote health screening, Project Nana is encouraging the public to participate in Take Nana to the Doctor Week, which takes place between September 13th and 18th. The goal is to encourage and support women to get screened and screened for gynecological cancer and other women’s health issues.
The week is a means of countering the tendency for women who act as caregivers, mentors, mothers, grandmothers, and more to postpone or forego their health checkups.
“With loving prompts from the people who love these women, Project Nana is confident that more women will complete these important screenings and continue care beyond their childbearing years,” Project Nana said in a press release.
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