Nearly half of British women cannot identify the vagina on anatomical drawing

Nearly half of British women cannot identify the vagina on anatomical drawing
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Nearly half of British women cannot identify the vagina, according to new statistics from a cancer charity that reveals alarmingly poor knowledge among women of their gynaecological anatomy.

When shown a medical drawing of the female reproductive system, less than one third could correctly label six different parts – 44 per cent could not identify the vagina and 60 per cent the vulva. Nearly half could not locate the cervix.

One in seven women were unable to name a single gynaecological cancer – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal – despite more than 21,000 new cases in the UK every year.

The over 65s had the least knowledge – less than one in four could correctly label the female anatomy, which the charity said is a concern as this age group is the most at risk of gynaecological cancer.

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