Australia is on track to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035 as long as women get on top of their cervical health.
This week is all about cervical cancer awareness. The new cervical screening programme is open to those aged from 25-74 every 5 years and helps to detect the presence of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), it is much more accurate than its predecessor the Pap test.
HPV takes over 10 years to develop into cervical cancer and cervical cancer is a rare outcome of HPV infection. For this reason you only need to have a test every 5 years rather than 2.
The test itself, taken in the same way as the Pap test, takes five minutes and could save your life.
If you’re overdue your smear test, please book in today or if you have any abnormal bleeding at any age, such as bleeding between periods, after intercourse or after the menopause please seek medical advice.
This World Diabetes Day I’m encouraging you to come in and check your risk of developing this serious medical condition.
Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing national problem. 100,000 Australians developed diabetes in the past year and type 2 diabetes accounts for around 85% of all diabetes. There are over 1 million Australians who have type 2 diabetes.
Early identification and management of people with type 2 diabetes is very important. Thirst, lethargy, change in weight and passing urine frequently are some of the common symptoms of diabetes. Checking your risk for diabetes is simple and quick and can be done with your GP.
If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes or would like to have your risk checked pop by and see me in clinic today.
One in every ten women are affected, no amount of dieting can help and most don’t know it exists… In this episode we talk to a patient diagnosed with Lipoedema and take a listen to her fascinating heart murmur at both rest and during exercise.
Lipoedema is a condition that mainly affects women and is characterised by symmetrical swelling in the legs, thighs, buttocks and sometimes arms. It is due to the way fat is deposited under the skin in an uneven manner instead of in a regular pattern. It can be extremely painful and the areas that are affected have a tendency to bruise easily. Lipoedema can result in fluid retention in the affected areas leading to a condition known as lymphoedema. It is thought to have a genetic basis, however, the cause of the condition is not yet fully understood.
As we hear in this interview, lipoedema can have a number of effects on the body from having a limited ability to do physical exercise to other medical conditions. As you’ll hear, our patient was incidentally found to have a murmur caused by diastolic dysfunction which is where the heart has trouble relaxing between beats. This means that with each contraction, less blood is pumped from the left ventricle and so the heart has to work harder to make up for this shortfall. This, if not monitored regularly, can lead to conditions such as high blood pressure and even heart failure. We take a listen to the murmur over both the aortic and pulmonary valve during rest and exercise and it’s truly amazing.
Treatment of lipoedema is multi-dimensional and involves psychological support, healthy eating and exercise, skin care, compression therapy and management of pain amongst others. It is often managed through a multidisciplinary team of doctors and therapists.
If you or someone is affected with lipoedema please see your General Practitioner for further assessment and management. There are also a number of useful support groups available.