Health news for March

Ovarian cancer:
March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Signs include; persistent stomach pain, persistent bloating, difficulty eating/feeling full more quickly, needing to wee more frequently. These can also be signs of other less serious illness, and if you are concerned you should make an appointment with your GP. You can download an app to keep track of your signs and symptoms which can help you to explain to your GP: http://ovarian.org.uk/ovarian-cancer/i-have-symptoms-what-next/

There are 4 symptoms of Ovarian Cancer you should be aware of: https://www.targetovariancancer.org…undraising/Symptoms_infographic_landscape.jpg

Are you concerned that you might be at increased risk of hereditary cancer? Ovarian Cancer Action have a helpful tool to see if you might be at increased risk of cancer through a BRCA genetic mutation. https://ovarian.org.uk/risktool/

Prostate cancer:
March is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. 4 in 5 men (83%) who are at increased risk of prostate cancer don’t know that they are at greater risk. If you are over 50, of black ethnic origin, or have a close male relative who has had prostate cancer you are at increased risk. https://www.prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/are-you-at-risk

What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer? Early prostate cancer often doesn’t have any symptoms, it is only when the cancer gets larger that symptoms start to appear. Signs of prostate cancer can also be signs of benign conditions such as an enlarged prostate, so it is important to see your GP to be checked. Symptoms include; difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder fully, weak flow when urinating, feeling that you haven’t emptied your bladder fully, dribbling urine when you finish urinating, needing to urinate more often, especially at night, sudden urge to urinate: https://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/about-prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-symptoms

If you are having difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder, have a weak flow when you urinate or a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly. Are you dribbling urine after you finish urinating? Needing to urinate more often, especially at night, or do you have a sudden urge to urinate ñ you may sometimes leak before you get to the toilet. If you have any of these symptoms, please don’t be embarrassed, pop along to your GP for a chat.

Prostate Cancer is the most common form of cancer in males in the UK, and early diagnosis makes a big difference to survival rates. If you have any concerns, you should contact your GP.https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/he…cs-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer#heading-Two

Cervical Screening
One in four eligible women do not take up their cervical screening invitation in the UK and coverage is at a 20 year low. Public Health England’s #CervicalScreeningSavesLives campaign encourages women to go to their #cervicalscreening appointment

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. We need to get more women to take up their cervical screening invite. That’s why we’re supporting Public Health England’s #CervicalScreeningSavesLives campaign

Research shows that stereotypes about eating disorders prevent people from seeking help. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw

Eating disorders can affect young children. If you are concerned about your child, you can find help here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/

Helpful advice if you have a child suffering from an eating disorder can be found here: https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/health-wellbeing/eating-disorders-help

13th March is No Smoking Day, an ideal time to make the commitment to QUIT: https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx

Did you know that your GP surgery can offer you help to give up smoking? https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stop-smoking-treatments/

You can download an app to give you help and advice here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps/

Want to know how much you could save by not smoking? There is a handy calculator to help you work it out: https://www.nhsinform.scot/stopping-smoking/calculate-my-savings
You might be surprised just how much your habit is costing you, and what else you could buy with the money.

13th March is Swallow Awareness Day. If your ability to swallow food and drinks is impaired, getting the right nutrition is really difficult. https://www.rcslt.org/get-involved/giving-voice#section-5

Wednesday 13th March:
Today is No Smoking Day, an ideal time to make the commitment to QUIT: https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx

15th March is World Sleep Day, celebrating and raising awareness of all things related to sleep. Interested to know what a normal amount of sleep is? http://worldsleepday.org/ask-the-sleep-experts

Not sure whether you’re getting the right amount of sleep for your age? Find out here: https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times

This week is all about well-being, and not just the amount of sleep that you get. Making sure that you are well hydrated and are eating food that is good for you is equally important. This week celebrates the improvements that we have made in hydration and nutrition worldwide, but that isn’t to say that the work is all done: https://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/

Did you know that 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70? Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re past it! https://www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/symptoms/breast-cancer

Know your lemons… and your melons. Find it hard to imagine what the symptoms of breast cancer might look like? This easy to understand guide shows what the symptoms might look like, and what to look for when checking your boobs: https://knowyourlemons.com

Tuesday 26th March – Epilepsy Awareness Purple Day
Let’s turn the world PURPLE! It’s Epilepsy Action Day. Epilepsy affects 1 in 103 people in the UK, and can have a serious effect on their lives: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/purple

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