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World Menopause Day 2013
To celebrate World Menopause Day, October 18th 2013, IMS is launching a new campaign with the theme 'Oncology in midlife and beyond'.
After the menopause there is an increased risk of cancer and therefore being proactive in managing a healthy lifestyle will significantly reduce this risk. Preventative strategies, such as decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption, losing weight, eating a healthy diet and undertaking physical activity, and implementation of screening could help to significantly decrease the incidence and mortality from cancer.
Lead author of the White Paper, Prof. Anne Gompel, commented;
“Cancer is responsible for around 15% of all deaths worldwide (for both sexes) but around 20 – 25% of women die from cancer each year. Being aware of the problem of cancer, and how you can take steps to lessen your risk of getting it, is vitally important to all women. The incidence of most cancers rises with age, making it especially important for women going through the menopause, and also after the menopause, to be aware of this increasing risk. Women need to be in tune with their bodies, and to look for any changes which might indicate a problem.
An educational toolkit of materials has been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective.
A White Paper 'Oncology in midlife and beyond'
The International Menopause Society undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature regarding the impact of the menopause and associated risk factors of cancer. The review is already available for download as an Early Online publication on the Informa website and will be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Climacteric, in October 2013 and online on the 15th September.
Translations of the review are available free of charge to download – see links below. Other translations will be added as they become available.
The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints.
A short accompanying slide kit, ‘Oncology in midlife and beyond’ for physician education has also been produced and is available in the following languages:
Awareness raising poster – 'Give Yourself a Fighting Chance'
This A4 poster is designed to help prevent cancer by embracing a healthy lifestyle by being proactive in managing a healthy lifestyle which will significantly reduce the risk.
The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages:
Patient information leaflet – 'Understand your risk of cancer in middle age'
This is a comprehensive booklet which reviews the risk factors associated with cancer especially in middle age and the preventative measures that can be adopted to reduce that risk.
Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet –see links below:
Reports on World Menopause Day from around the world
Full PDF report available – read more »
I would like to report the activities done for the WMD.
Unfortunately once again I had no industry support nor of the Uruguayan Menopause Society (www.sguruguay.org) but even alone I will keep working for the IMS goals that otherwise are also mine.
Dear Dr. Tobie de Villiers
Dear Lee Tomkins
Buenos Aires, October 15th, 2013
The WORLD MENOPAUSE DAY began in 1984. The IMS and the World Health Organization instituted this day to encourage education and awareness of this topic.
In Argentina this year the AAPEC (Argentine Association for the Study of Climacteric), whose President is Professor Dr Campostrini Blanca, and Vice president Professor Dr Nölting Manuel, has organized special events for next October 18th .
The program will include:
On the other hand AAPEC will sponsor a meeting opened to the Community conducted by relevant specialists to encourage women to know about menopause, and discuss their climacteric symptoms, ask their doubts and engage in conversations about their concerns related to this period of life.
Our aims are to stimulate medical research, disseminate health information, update in special and controversial situations, and promote public prevention care. At the same time we manage the Climacteric School that include Annual University Courses to complete our educational purposes.
Gynaecologists and all health care providers are invited to participate of this reliable and special event.
Keeping in touch with all the World Menopause Societies,
Best Regards and have a nice Menopause Day.
Source of funding
The translations of the review and costs for the provision of these educational materials were supported by IMS funds. The industry has had no influence on the choice of contributors, the content and the writing of the review, or any other campaign initiatives.
World Menopause Month
The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.
As the world’s population ages, there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause. The potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis. Nations around the world should continue to educate women about menopause and the benefits of preventive health care.
The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Month to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects.