Meagan Good, an actor, director, and activist, has partnered with FORCE, SHARE, Black Health Matters, and Eisai Inc. to raise awareness about endometrial cancer, the most prevalent type of uterine cancer.
People of all generations and cultures will be empowered by the initiative to detect symptoms early on when they may be more treatable. Meagan has dealt with a uterine cancer scare, so she understands the importance of routine exams, talking to a doctor about any concerns, and educating others about gynaecological health. Spot Her aims to break the silence surrounding endometrial cancer, which is rising, especially among communities of colour.
“Gynaecologic health is an important conversation to have at any age, but it’s not often discussed, especially in the Black community,” said Meagan. “I’m not afraid to have open and honest conversations with my friends, family and doctor about gynecologic health. I want to encourage everyone, particularly the Black community, to do the same so more people can identify potential signs of endometrial cancer early. As women, it’s important that we support each other, speak up about gynecologic symptoms and advocate for our health when visiting our doctor. “
Endometrial cancer and other gynecologic cancers can present various symptoms that may be overlooked. Some common signs of endometrial cancer may include abnormal bleeding, spotting or brownish discharge after menopause, irregular or heavy bleeding before menopause, and pelvic pain or pressure.
Some women with endometrial cancer report that their symptoms were dismissed and that they felt unable to discuss their experiences due to the stigma attached to gynaecological health.
Identifying symptoms and seeking help is especially critical for the Black community, which faces significant health disparities. Black women with endometrial cancer receive early detection in only 53% of cases. Women may not receive an early diagnosis due to multiple intersectional factors. A lack of communication about gynecologic health with friends, family, and doctors is among these factors.
As part of this campaign, Meagan will take part in the Spot Her virtual walk, which aims to raise awareness about endometrial cancer through taking physical action. For every mile logged (up to 20 miles per participant) through the Charity Footprints website or for each use of #SpotHerforEC on social media, Eisai will donate $1 (up to $20,000) between FORCE and SHARE, which provide support for people living with endometrial cancer.
The Spot Her virtual walk will take place from 30 March 2022 to 22 June 2022, and Charity Footprints is offering free registration to the first 1,000 participants. To participate in the virtual walk, visit www.CharityFootprints.com/SpotHerForEC to register and join the conversation online by using #SpotHerforEC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.