talkhealth meets Clare: opening up about lichen sclerosus
We're delighted to announce that we'll be in conversation with the inspirational Clare Baumhauer in September, talking about lichen sclerosus.
When: Thursday 24 September 2020
Where: Instagram - @talkhealthonline
Clare is a tireless advocate for women's health and has been busy raising awareness of both lichen sclerosus(LS) and vulval cancer - two seriously underreported issues that affect millions.
LS is such a debilitating but sensitive issue. Clare first developed symptoms as a child and had to wait years for an accurate diagnosis; for years, GPs wrote that burning sensation off a thrush. We'll be discussing the importance of talking about this kind of condition and the impact that connecting with other survivors has had on her mental health.
One in 232 women in the UK will be diagnosed with vulval cancer in their lifetime. The sooner it's caught, the better your chances of survival - and knowing what symptoms to look out for and when to push for a second opinion are absolutely vital. People like Clare play a huge role in making sure more women get the help they need sooner. Around 4% of women with LS go on to develop vulvar cancer.
Out LS online expert clinic was one of the most popular this year - so we know that lots of our members live with or are interested in finding out more about the condition. If you have any more questions or want to know how to can connect with other people living with LS, please do join us on Instagram where you can put your queries directly to Clare. If you'd prefer for us to ask on your behalf, drop us an email before the event.
British Skin Foundation
The British Skin Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated to raising funds for skin disease and skin cancer research. This year the British Skin Foundation turns 20 years old, giving out more than £10 million in grants to over 300 research projects since 1996. As well as supporting research into diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer, cases of which are unfortunately all too common; the BSF are also looking to find better treatments and eventual cures for conditions that may be less familiar such as vitiligo, ichthyosis and alopecia.