Health news for October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do you know the signs of breast cancer? It’s useful to keep an eye on what is normal for you, and if you notice any unusual changes, make an appointment with your GP. The NHS has easy-to-follow guidance if you’re not sure what to look out for:

This year you can “wear it pink” to help raise awareness for people with breast cancer. Follow this link to find out how to raise awareness, and to learn how to recognise the signs:

Research has shown that an increase in breast cancer in transgender women is due to the hormones that are used in treatment. Whether you’re a trans woman, trans man or non-binary, it’s important to be breast aware.

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer found in younger men, though men of any age can suffer from it. Symptoms include lumps in the testicular area and pain, or a dragging feeling in the groin or testicles.

How to deal with minor injuries:

While we’re all staying at home as much as possible, it’s useful to know how to deal with minor injuries. The NHS has a brilliant app to help you make certain you’re well equipped to deal with any minor injuries or illnesses:

Minor burns and scalds can be dealt with at home, but it’s crucial to deal with them in the right way. The NHS has up-to-date advice to offer here:

Staying safe over Halloween and Bonfire Night

With COVID-19 causing problems when it comes to organising large-scale events, many people will be organising smaller events at home this year. It’s vital to keep your child/children safe over Halloween and Bonfire Night. To ensure you follow proper guidance, please follow this link:

For many, Halloween will be a chance to have an outdoor socially distanced fun event, but with the nights drawing in, it’s not without danger. Here’s some useful advice on how to keep your children safe during Halloween:

Advice about loneliness in the house, due to COVID-19 restrictions

It can be difficult for older people to keep in touch with friends and family while living at home alone. If you have an elderly relative, you might want to consider a voice-activated device, like Amazon Alexa or a Google Home. Voice-activated tools can be useful in the event of a fall, but can also be used to open a line to normal household noise, which can help people living alone to feel less isolated. Read here to find out more about the benefits of a voice-activated smart-home device for older people:

Restrictions imposed by COVID-19 can harm both physical and mental health. It can be beneficial to exercise and go outside, if you can:

Self-care for the elderly

It’s essential to try to maintain self-care to help your mental and physical health. Keeping on top of basic needs can help you feel better in yourself. You can read about the benefits of self-care for the elderly here:

Is it COVID?

Sometimes it can be tricky to know if your symptoms are just a typical winter cough or the start of the symptoms of COVID-19:

(England) Loss of taste and smell, having a fever and a cough are all symptoms of coronavirus. If you have any of these symptoms, you should follow the guidance set out here:

(Wales) Loss of taste and smell, having a fever and a cough are all symptoms of coronavirus. If you have any of these symptoms, you should follow the guidance set out here:

(Scotland) Loss of taste and smell, having a fever and a cough are all symptoms of coronavirus. If you have any of these symptoms, you should follow the guidance set out here:

(Northern Ireland) Loss of taste and smell, having a fever and a cough are all symptoms of coronavirus. If you have any of these symptoms, you should follow the guidance set out here:

Flu season

We’ve just started our winter flu campaign, and this year we’re aiming to vaccinate even more patients than usual. The governments of the UK have asked that we vaccinate the patients at most risk first. Additional cohorts for 2020 may be invited later in the year when the government advises that we can do so.

If we’ve invited you for a flu vaccine, please come and have it as soon as possible. You can catch the flu at the same time as coronavirus, so the earlier you can get protected against the major strains of flu that are circulating, the better.

Reducing alcohol consumption

Over the past few months, alcohol consumption has significantly increased, possibly due to the added stress of lockdown. To help reduce your alcohol consumption, here are some tips and tricks:

National Cholesterol Month

National Cholesterol Month is vital for raising awareness about increasing cholesterol. High cholesterol can cause many problems, including heart issues. To find out more about the signs, causes and possible prevention methods, have a look at this link:

High cholesterol can cause issues for your health. Maintaining reasonable levels can be achieved through diet, and is worth considering for your long-term health.

Stoptober 2020

Stoptober is here! It’s time to stop smoking. Stoptober is a month-long event to encourage people to stop smoking. Smoking is extremely damaging and can cause many health problems and even cancers. To find out more about how to get involved this Stoptober, see here:

Smoking is one of the most dangerous things we can do to our bodies, and often one of the most difficult to control. To see the effects of smoking, follow this link:

Mole-checking ABCDE

We all know the importance of checking moles. This little ABCDE trick is easy to remember and can be the difference between deciding to make a doctor’s appointment and deciding not to:

If you’re not sure what you need to look for when checking your moles, the NHS has an easy-to-follow guide here:

Back Care Awareness, October 5th-9th

This year’s Back Care Awareness Week is focusing on the back pain of nurses at work. In the current COVID-19 climate, this is even more of an issue. To find out more about back care awareness, see here:

Are you looking after your back? If you want to find out how to look after your back properly, and you want to prevent pain, this advice might be helpful to you:

Dyslexia Awareness Week, 5th-11th October

This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week. We should all find out how we can contribute towards dyslexia awareness.

Would you know the signs of dyslexia if you were asked? Dyslexia is more common than you might think, and recognising the difficulties people living with dyslexia face could help our general understanding.

World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10th October

This year’s World Mental Health Day is focused on suicide prevention. Over the past six months, many people have struggled with mental health issues, and this year we should devote some time to improving our mental health and supporting this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Improving your mental health is extremely important and can be very beneficial in the long term. Individually we can take some steps to improve our own mental health:

Work-Life Week, 12th-16th October

When you’re working from home, it can be challenging to separate your work life from your home life. But being able to do this can be beneficial for your stress levels.

If you’re finding work stressful, it’s essential to try and lower your stress levels in other areas of your life too. The NHS has some suggestions about how to manage your stress levels successfully:

OCD Awareness Week, 11th-17th October

It’s OCD Awareness Week. Over the past few months, there have been many anxieties and challenging situations which could trigger OCD. You can find out more about OCD Awareness Week here:

OCD is often overlooked. Many people think of OCD as being an issue with counting things, but it can go much deeper than that:

Osteoporosis Day 2020 (20th October)

The 20th of October is Osteoporosis Day. Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them more likely to break and fracture. Osteoporosis often develops over several years. If you can help or support Osteoporosis Day, please get involved:

Osteoporosis can be a complicated condition to live with, because it can develop slowly. To find out more about osteoporosis, and its symptoms, please click here:

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