Richard Stott

Richard Stott is 29 and lives in London. He met his girlfriend in November 2016, 2 years after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

This affects men:

So, why am I speaking to you right now about this campaign? Well, it’s not just because my girlfriend is running the campaign, I’d be doing this anyway, I promise you.
There is this idea that gynaecological cancer only affects women, but it doesn’t. We’ve all got mothers, we’ve got sisters, we’ve got friends, we’ve got partners, so it directly affects the lives of men and women, whether you like that or not.
I think it’s a really important campaign, because it’s such a simple thing to get people to spot the signs, and also say the word ‘vagina’. It’s an anatomical part of people’s bodies, we should be allowed to say it.

Start saying ‘vagina’:

I’ve recently been wearing my ‘It’s Just a Vagina’ badge, which actually comes with a show that Karen created about her experiences. I’ve given about three of these badges away, because people keep asking me ‘why are you wearing this badge?’. I tell them about the campaign, I tell them it’s just a vagina. You’ve got to start saying it so people can stop being embarrassed and go to the doctor, and potentially save their lives.
I’ve given these badges away because people say ‘that’s so amazing’, and I say ‘have my badge’. They can then pass that message on to somebody else.

Be an Adam:

I just think anything we can do to keep each other safe and look after each other, the better. So, all of this is why I’m supporting The Eve Appeal this September, for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. All the men out there, get to know the signs, get to know the body of your partner, scientifically! Be an Adam.