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.
Are you aged between 50-74? Are you up to date with your breast cancer screening? 📣
If the answer is no to the above then it’s time to get screening.
According to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, only half of women in the target age group are taking up their two yearly free mammograms to test for breast cancer.
Breast screening is important for the early detection of breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is detected the sooner it can be treated with more favourable outcomes. Breast screening also helps to provide women with reassurance following a normal result.
Breast screening is performed using a machine called a mammogram that pushes pressure onto the breasts whilst images are taken. This usually lasts for 10 seconds at a time.
These images are then analysed by a specialist doctor and the results are sent to yourself and your GP. You will then be put on a register to remind you to return every 2 years until the age of 74.
Some symptoms that you should report to your doctor include, changes in the skin, noticing a lump, pain or nipple discharge. If you are concerned about any of the above or are just unsure of how to examine your own breasts please pop by and see me in clinic.
We’ve all heard about the Apple Watch but have you heard of Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a medical condition that affects over half a million Australians. It happens when there is a disturbance of the heart’s electrical system and so it beats out of rhythm. Some patients have no symptoms and others may feel faint, dizzy, short of breath, experience chest pain or feel their heart racing.
Healthcare professionals can detect AF by checking your heart rate, listening to your heart or with the use of an ECG. Those diagnosed with AF are at an increased risk of stroke than the general population. Treatment can include medication or a procedure to correct the heartbeat.
Smart watches, like the Apple Watch can detect an irregular heartbeat and if it has, it’s vital to seek medical help. For my full review on the Apple watch head over to youtube.com/drnora.
If you have any concerns or are worried about your risk of Atrial Fibrillation please pop by and see me in clinic.