With the sun finally making appearance it's time to remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide: Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on some wrap around sunglasses. The original highly successful and enduring 1981 Slip! Slop! Slap! health campaign run by the Cancer Council featured Sid the Seagull and his message remains as important today as ever:
Melanoma is the 4th most common cancer in Australia and the most common for 15-39...
The current recommendation from the National Cervical Screening Program is that all women aged 18-70 who have ever been sexually active have a cervical smear test (Pap test) every 2 years. The good news is that from May 2017 this is going to be replaced by a 5 yearly Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) test. This is because most cervical cancers are caused by HPV (although the vast majority of women with HPV will not get cervical cancer).
Approximately 1.7 million Australians suffer from diabetes of whom about a third are undiagnosed. As a result of changes in lifestyle - worsening dietary choices, reduced exercize levels and consequent increased levels of obesity - diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia and has been called the "21st century epidemic". In the most common type - Type II diabetes - there are often no symptoms for many years during which time irreparable damage...
In osteoporosis the bones lose their strength and are more likely to break (fracture) often following a minor fall. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 experience fractures, mostly as a result of low bone strength.the wrists, hips and spine are the most commonly affected sites.
What causes osteoporosis?
Age - osteoporosis increases as we get older also the risk of fractures increase as we are more prone to falls.
Haemochromatosis is a condition where the body stores too much iron and is the most common genetic condition affecting 1 in 200 Australians of European origin.
Iron builds up in the organs and, untreated, can damage the heart, pancreas, liver and joints. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages despite the organs being damaged. When early symptoms occur the most common are fatigue, joint pain and abdominal pain.
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). It is recorded as 2 numbers eg 120/80; the top number, the systolic pressure, occurs as the heart contracts, the bottom, the diastolic pressure occurs as the heart relaxes between beats. Blood pressure varies constantly adjusting to the demands of your body. Consistently raised blood pressure...