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17-11-2014

Finding cancer early, significantly improves your chance of successful treatment and survival.

  1. Prostate Screening - The cause of prostate cancer is unknown and there is ongoing debate regarding screening.,  there is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer and no consensus about timing, age to start or even significant levels. If you have no symptoms, the risks and benefits of screening with the PSA test need to be weighed up. Treatment can affect your lifestyle, including sexual function, but may save your life. The decision is individual and needs to be discussed with your doctor . Ensure you have good quality information and make an informed decision.
  2. Changes in your Testicles - Testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancer when found early. It is rare, but one of the most common in those aged 15 to 45yrs. The causes are unclear, but are more common if you have an undescended testes. be aware of what is normal for you, don't let embarrassment stop you seeing a doctor is you notice any changes.
  3. Bowel cancer - early detection is vital. Your risk increases with age. If you are over 50yrs you should be tested every two years. The National Bowel Cancer Screening program uses the faecal occult blood test to detect hidden blood in bowel motions. People without symptoms are eligible to participate at 50, 55, 60  and 65yrs. Some people are at higher risk who have family history, inflammatory bowel disease etc and may require surveillance with regular colonoscopy.
  4. Look Out - lumps, sores, ulcers that do not heal, coughs that do not stop, coughing blood, hoarseness not settling, unexplained weight loss, blood in bowel motions, persisting changes to bowel habits, urinary changes, moles that change, inflamed skin sores that do not heal. These symptoms may not be cancer, but can be related to serious health problems. Either way ,a check with your doctor can either settle your mind  or set you on a path to earlier and more successful treatment and more likely chance of survival.

To reduce your Cancer Risk

 

  • stop smoking
  • be sun smart ; protect yourself in the sun and minimize burning
  • stay in shape ; aim for a healthy weight
  • eat for health ; limit red meat, processed  and smoked meats, eat a variety of grains, fruit and vegetables 
  • move your body ; be physical for at least 30 minutes daily
  • avoid or limit alcohol ; try to follow the recommended guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Centre

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