Chapels on Whatley: hopes display of undies will raise awareness of gynaeclogical cancers


Chapels on Whatley are hosting a display of undies to help raise awareness Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Chapels on Whatley are hosting a display of undies to help raise awareness Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A PAIR of undies flapping in the breeze in Maylands could spark a conversation about gynaecological cancers and raise awareness for the conditions.

Chapels on Whatley in Maylands and Morley Chemmart will feature displays of undies and information about gynaecological cancers to tie in with Women’s Health Week, September 5-9, and International Gynaecological Awareness Day, September 10.

Morley resident Kath Mazzella set up the Gynaecological Awareness Information Network in 2011 to advocate for better awareness and treatment of women’s gynaecological, sexual and related mental health conditions.

Ms Mazzella survived vulval cancer after her diagnosis about 22 years ago.

“People can see it in the window and have a good chuckle, then they can talk about these underlying issues,” she said.

“I know there are a lot of women suffering in silence.”

Ms Mazzella said while awareness was growing of the diseases, there was still a “long, long way to go”.

“It’s really hard to network with people who have had similar conditions,” she said.

“I’ve been lobbying for 20 years now.”

Gynaecological cancers include ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulval.

For more information on gynaecological cancers or the awareness day, go to http://gain.org.au/.

Tony and Kath Mazella (Morley), after a 20 year push, kath is responsible for Gynaecological Awareness Day, now in its fourth year