Despite the war state in Ukraine, on September 20, 2022, Ukrainian oncologynaecologists joined the World Gynecological Oncology Day – GO day, that was launched by the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) and The European Network of Gynaecological Cancer Advocacy Groups (ENGAGE) in 2019.
Holding the World Gynecological Oncology Day is another opportunity to raise awareness among our citizens about risk factors, prevention strategies and early detection of the most common gynecological cancers: cervical, ovarian, endometrial, vaginal and vulva cancer.
In 2022, GO day was celebrated in Ukraine for the third time. This year GO_day was held with the message "Protect your health every day". With the support of the medical mentor of the EngageTeens project , associate professor of the Department of Oncology of the P. L. Shupyk National Institute of Health of Ukraine, Doctor of Medical Sciences Nataliya Pavlivna Tsip, a medical student and Ukrainian country head of ENGAGE Teens project Lyzogub Margaryta announced a brochure for teenagers about papillomavirus infection and cervical cancer prevention, which was translated into Ukrainian. Medico-psychological support of the brochure translation was done by Naumova Alla, an oncopsychologist at the National Cancer Institute.
The brochure explores the problem of cervical cancer, which remains relevant in Ukraine regardless of its visual localization. Without adequate preventive measures in our country, by 2026 the incidence of cervical cancer is predicted to increase by 29.8% in women aged 40-49 and by 23.4% in women aged 30-39 ( Tsip N. et et al ., 2019). Taking into account the fact that 22% of women are over 30 years old at the time of their first pregnancy, the problem becomes even more emerging, since it is not always possible to preserve fertility in such patients. The most effective active measure to solve this problem is educational work among teenagers and young people. The brochure explains understandably what the human papillomavirus (HPV) is, what happens during HPV infection and how you can protect yourself from cervical cancer. The leitmotif of the brochure is as follows: "The combination of vaccination and screening is the best health protection . " It also emphasizes the importance of vaccination and screening not only for girls, but also for boys.
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