The Spot Her® initiative is raising endometrial cancer awareness at an educational interactive pop-up experience coming to the Chicago Women’s Expo at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on October 14 & 15.
When it comes to women’s health, the symptoms of potentially life-threatening diseases like endometrial cancer are too often stigmatized or dismissed. That’s why a group of dedicated organizations are working together on Spot Her®, an initiative to help end the silence around endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer.
On October 14 and 15, the initiative will bring to Chicago a mobile pop-up experience called “The Spot,” to raise awareness around endometrial cancer and empower women to take action by spotting the potential signs at the early-stage of the disease, when it may be more treatable.
“The Spot” will touch down at the Chicago Women’s Expo at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, offering guests a chance to learn more about endometrial cancer through interactive activities. Attendees can grab a peach Spot Her fanny pack (the campaign’s symbol for endometrial cancer awareness), pick up educational materials, and take pictures in a photo booth to share using the hashtag #SpotHerForEC on social media!
About Spot Her
Spot Her is an initiative to help end the silence around endometrial cancer. Together through this initiative, SHARE Cancer Support (SHARE), Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), Black Health Matters, Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans (ECANA), The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) and Eisai Inc. aim to help educate the public about the signs and symptoms of the disease and encourage them to listen, advocate, and put their health first.
For each use of the hashtag #SpotHerForEC, Eisai Inc. will donate one dollar (up to $20,000) between SHARE, FORCE, and ECANA to provide support for women living with endometrial cancer.
What is endometrial cancer?
Endometrial cancer is when cells in the inner lining of the uterus grow out of control. In the U.S., endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of female reproductive organs, accounting for 90% of uterine cancer cases. It is also one of the few cancers where diagnoses and deaths are on the rise. It is estimated that Illinois may have 2,770 new cases of uterine cancer in 2023 alone.
Common symptoms of endometrial cancer may include (but are not limited to, and are not exclusive to EC):
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, spotting, or brownish discharge after menopause
- Irregular or heavy bleeding in younger women before menopause
- Pelvic area pain or pressure
However, these aren’t the only endometrial cancer symptoms, and many symptoms of the disease are often overlooked.
Endometrial cancer is most treatable when detected at an early stage, so it’s vital that people experiencing symptoms take action – especially Black women, as only 53% of those with the condition receive an early diagnosis. This is largely due to health disparities among communities of color.
Join Spot Her in taking the pledge to #SpotHerForEC and raise awareness around this important cause! By learning about endometrial cancer and spotting potential signs at an early stage, you’re also supporting the mission of the incredible organizations who have partnered on “The Spot.”
Spot Her is brought to you by SHARE, FORCE, Black Health Matters, ECANA, FWC and Eisai Inc.