Founder, Tash Crosby, launched Talk Peach because she’s been there, and very nearly wasn’t here to tell the tale. Diagnosed in 2016 with ovarian cancer, Tash Crosby is one of only 15% of women caught at stage one; 85% of women diagnosed are caught in the later stages of the disease when treatment options are limited, and rates of survival extremely poor.
Out of the 1000 New Zealand women diagnosed per year with a gynaecological cancer, a third of them will have ovarian cancer – the deadliest type – with an average five year survival rate of around 40 per cent. To compare, breast cancers have a five year survival rate of more than 80 per cent.
We are here to educate women on the early and often subtle signs of gynaecological cancers, and to empower people to advocate for their health. We’re also here to help those who have been diagnosed, to ask the right questions, and advocate for themselves if they aren’t being listened to.
Its time to Talk Peach.
Breast Cancer awareness is a great model to aspire to. It’s taken some years and hard work, but now men talk about it, rugby teams wear pink shirts and monuments are lit up to honour the fight against it. It has a strong presence and women are more aware than ever before. Talking about a mammogram or your breasts is socially okay; now we have to start using words like vagina and vulva in public. We don’t usually dive into that conversation, but we need to start talking about our gynaecological health, honestly and openly.
Our goal is to upskill the public and health professionals, as well as to
empower women to take ownership of their gynaecological health.
The best chance of survival is an early detection, know the signs and help us save New Zealand women and their whanau the heartbreak of a late stage diagnosis.