WESTERN AVENUE SURGERY
Newsletter for September 2022.
Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed late. Symptoms include bloating, pain, or tenderness, and a frequent need to pee. The symptoms are varied, and if you’re experiencing symptoms twelve times or more in a month, please get in touch with us.
There are different types of ovarian cancer, and treatment and prognosis varies depending on the type, stage and grade. It is important to detect any cancer as early as possible.
Prostate cancer can be symptomless. If you’re over 50, black, or have a close family member (father or brother) who has had prostate cancer, your risk is increased.
You can quickly and easily check your risk of prostate cancer. Being aware of your risk level can help you to ensure that you are watchful for concerning symptoms, and that you get the appropriate checks for your individual situation.
NSPCC – Let’s talk PANTS
The NSPCC has a brilliant campaign to help educate children about bodily autonomy and when secrets shouldn’t be secrets. The “PANTS” rule helps children easily understand that some parts of the body are private. Talking to your child about what is okay is an important part of raising a child. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/
It’s coming up to flu season. We’ll shortly be offering the influenza vaccination to our patients who are at higher risk of complications from catching influenza. We will contact you when it’s time to book your appointment.
If you have a child aged 2 or 3 on 31st August 2022, we’re offering vaccination against influenza. Vaccination helps to protect your child from serious illness and also helps to protect others.
If you have a child aged 4 to 17 years of age who is at-risk of complications from flu because of a health condition, you can have them vaccinated at your GP practice. This year, in-school vaccinations will be prioritised by age group.
Sexual health and menopause
Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections are varied, including unusual discharge, sores, itching and rashes around your vagina, penis or anus. If you’re experiencing symptoms, you should get tested. Many STIs are symptomless, including HIV. If you’re having unprotected sex, you’re putting yourself at additional risk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/
Menopause is when your periods have stopped for twelve months or more. Leading up to menopause, you might experience symptoms of peri-menopause. These include irregular bleeding, hot flushes and other physical symptoms, along with symptoms that can affect your mental health. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/
High cholesterol levels can increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol can run in families, but can also be caused by eating fatty foods, not getting enough exercise and being overweight or drinking alcohol.
There are four main types of cardiovascular disease. These affect the blood vessels and heart and are a serious cause of illness, death and disability in the UK. You can decrease your risk by ensuring you exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.
Maintaining healthy blood pressure is important for your overall health. Low blood pressure can make you feel unwell. High blood pressure won’t generally make you feel unwell, but longer term, it can increase your risk of conditions such as heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.
Exercise and diabetes
As we move into winter, we become more sedentary. On average, British people sit for 8.9 hours per day. Sitting for more than 4 hours per day has been shown to make changes in the operation of our bodies. Get Britain Standing aims to get the British population up and moving.
Being physically active is beneficial if you are diabetic. Incremental changes can make a big difference to the amount of exercise you do on a daily basis.
Migraine Awareness Week (5th to 12th September 2022)
You can join the Migraine Trust on their International Symposium Patient Day this year. With a range of expert speakers to choose from, you can join the symposium in person or virtually on 11th September 2022. https://migrainetrust.org/events/migraine-trust-international-symposium-patient-day/
Suicide Prevention Day (10th September 2022)
Samaritans offer 24/7 support if you’re finding things difficult. With 201 branches and volunteer listeners across the UK, Samaritans are experienced in listening without judgement.
Everyone finds life challenging, but for some people, challenging becomes overwhelming. Having someone non-judgemental to talk to can make a huge difference. https://www.samaritans.org
Dementia Carers’ Day (12th September 2022)
Many people with dementia and Alzheimer’s rely on their family and friends to carry out caring responsibilities. Dementia Carers’ Day aims to recognise the vital contribution that carers make to the lives of the people they care for. https://www.nationaldementiacarersday.co.uk/about-national-dementia-carers-day/
World Patient Safety Day (17th September 2022)
Each year, WHO holds World Patient Safety Day. This year the theme is Medication Without Harm. This aims to promote safe prescribing and monitoring of medication across the globe. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2022
Eye Health Week (19th to 25th September 2022)
Over two million people in the UK suffer from some degree of sight loss. Did you know this could be avoidable? By being aware of the things that affect our eye health, we can help to ensure that our eyes stay in the best possible health. https://www.visionmatters.org.uk
Organ Donation Week (19th to 25th September 2022)
This year please wear pink to raise awareness for Organ Donation Week. Donating your organs in the event of your death could make a huge difference to another family and, indeed, could save someone else’s life.
Depending on where you live in the UK, the laws are different around organ donation and consent. If you’d like to donate your organs, consider registering that decision. You should also talk to your family about your wishes if at all possible, this means that in the event that you die, your family are clear about what your wishes are.