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.