Cancer

Cancer

 

Flower power to combat cancer
The good news is that while cancer is on the increase, death rates are actually falling. More than half of all cancers can be successfully treated. Not surprisingly, early diagnosis and treatment is critical. (Check out the Cancer Council Australia website for a list of early warning signs). Excluding non-melanoma skin cancers, the most common cancers in Australia are prostate (actually the most common), colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer.

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Facing up to men\'s health
When young men survive their aggressive adolescence, they are still more likely to indulge in dangerous lifestyle pursuits – smoking, eating and drinking to excess and exercising too little. Self-esteem, or lack of it, has an effect on men’s health; a critical issue in times of employment and financial uncertainty. When men feel they have no control over their lives they are sometimes burdened with feelings of guilt and shame. One out of every six men suffers from depression at any one time; and men are more likely to suicide than women. Also, men often do not recognise the symptoms of depression, and so do not seek help.

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Adding some more slop to the slip and slap
The “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign was launched by the Cancer Council Australia more than 30 years ago and has proved to be one of the most successful public health campaigns. The message since then has been slightly modified to incorporate the words “Seek” and “Slide” into the call to action. That is, not only slip on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat, but also seek some shade and slide on some sunglasses.

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Good health gift ideas
For many people, Christmas has deep religious significance; for others, it’s simply a time to relax and enjoy a few days off work. But for almost everyone, this time of year has traditionally become one of celebration. Throughout many societies it is commonplace to exchange gifts or simply ‘season’s greetings’, and to express sentiments of peace and goodwill. Wishes of good health usually accompany greetings at this time of year; so, perhaps some healthy gift ideas could be worth a thought as well.

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Cold sores – not so cool
To most people cold sores might seem to be a comparatively trivial condition; but if you are one of the thousands of people who suffer with cold sores you no doubt find them annoying beyond belief.

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Beating problems of the bowel
Coeliac disease results from a permanent intestinal intolerance to gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Coeliac disease affects the small intestine - the part of the digestive system responsible for absorbing nutrients; so sufferers can become malnourished and easily fatigued with deficiencies likely in iron, vitamin D, folate and zinc. Consequences include osteoporosis, infertility and a small but real increased risk of some cancers.

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Bowel cancer is a deadly reality
Cartoons of the 18th and 19th centuries typically depicted the gout sufferer to be an obese man who had clearly consumed too much alcohol. The condition was also then known as \"the disease of kings\" or \"the rich man\'s disease\"; the implication being that gout was an unfortunate side effect of living rather too well, and not so wisely.

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Cancer is now our biggest killer
According to the Australian War Memorial website, the 25th of April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916. Even then it was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services.

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Celebration of ageing
Living longer is a great thing, but we also need to remain healthy to enjoy our longer lives to their fullest. Unfortunately, debilitating conditions such as heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and some types of arthritis are more common in older people.

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Join the bowel movement
Except in medical circles, cancer is probably not a common topic of conversation. But, it makes plenty of sense to know the warning signs and symptoms, where to get help and what treatment options are available. There are many forms of cancer, but what they have in common is that when diagnosed early enough, they can nearly always be cured.

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Ovarian Cancer
One risk factor is age with ovarian cancer most common in women over the age of 50 and in women who have stopped menstruating (those that have been through menopause). While the risk increases with age, ovarian cancer can affect women of all ages.

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Pink Ribbon Day
Every day in Australia, 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. In 2009, breast cancer was the most common cancer in Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), accounting for 27.4% of all new cancers in women.

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Women’s cancer and afternoon tea
February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – an annual Ovarian Cancer Australia campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms, risks and impact of ovarian cancer, as well as raise vital funds to support our work in awareness, support, advocacy and research. This February, Ovarian Cancer Australia invites Australians to host an Afternoon ‘Teal’. Friends, family and colleagues gathered together to share some cakes and sandwiches while raising money for the cause. Teal is the international colour for ovarian cancer.

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