Men, if you can look after your bike then you can look after your prostate 🏍
This month is all about prostate cancer awareness.
But what is a prostate? This is a gland that sits in the male pelvis and is responsible for producing fluid in semen. As men get older the prostate increases in size and can lead to trouble passing urine.
In some men however the changes in the prostate can be due to cancer. Symptoms that may be experienced include feeling the need to urinate frequently, difficulty passing urine or finding blood in the urine or semen.
These are not always signs of prostate cancer but if you do experience these it’s vital to speak to your GP for a check up. This could include an examination and a blood test.
If you have any concerns or issues pop by and see me in clinic.
Doctor Storytime | Diabetes Workshop and How I Saved a Life
I just wanted to share you with a glimpse of my week, and how honoured I am to be a doctor helping the community!
Firstly, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the @terrywhitechemmartpacpines diabetes workshop.
Not only did the attendees have access to a very knowledgeable dietician, @be.wellfed, we also went through the different types of diabetes, symptoms, how best to manage it and they had the chance to speak to the brilliant pharmacy team.
And to top that off, at the end of the day I was shifting through my emails, and I received a message to call one of my patients… which turned out to be the most heartwarming conversation I’ve had this week.
I love my job, and for anyone out there who’s going through any hardship, just keep at it. It took me 5 years of hard study just get through Medical School, but I can tell you that the struggle is worth fighting through.
Thanks to research we now understand more about how to catch cancer early, what causes it and how best to treat it.
You can do many things to get involved in Cancer Research, from fundraising through races, bake sales or garage sales to raising awareness on social media.
In the UK I was a strong advocate for Cancer Research, completing annual fundraising races. Now in Australia, I am honoured to have been certified by the Australasian College of Dermatologists to actively perform skin cancer checks and removals.
With your continued support for research together WE WILL beat Cancer.
If you have any questions or concerns about cancer or simply need some support, please come by and see me in clinic.
Changes to your bowels, such as colour, presence of blood, consistency and appearance can all be indicators of bowel cancer.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, where 1 in 13 will develop the disease in their lifetime. So it’s important to get to know the signs to help early treatment.
Other signs and symptoms include tummy pain, weight loss and feeling tired with no apparent reason.
If you are concerned about these symptoms it is important that you seek medical help. Diagnosis usually includes blood tests and a colonoscopy which is a camera that is inserted through the back passage by a specialist.
Treatment is on an individual basis but could include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Bowel cancer screening is available for those over 50 and includes sending a stool sample to the laboratory for analysis. By 2020 Australia will have a Bowel Cancer Screening programme for every 2 years for those aged between 50-74.
If you have any further questions or are concerned by any symptoms, come by and see me in clinic.
It is estimated that in Australia there will be over 1000 new cases of Ovarian cancer in 2018. Ovarian cancer happens when the cells in one or both of the ovaries become abnormal and change into cancer.
The symptoms of Ovarian cancer can overlap with other less serious health problems. But there are four types of symptoms that occur most frequently: - abdominal or pelvic pain
- persistent bloating
- needing to urinate frequently
- feeling full after eating small amounts
Other symptoms to be aware of are:
- change in bowel habit
- unexplained weight gain or weightloss
- irregular bleeding
- back pain
- pain during intercourse.
Treatment is best managed by a gynaecologist and may include chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
If you are concerned or have any of the above symptoms, come and see me in clinic today for a check up.