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Wet Season Health

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Every season brings different health challenges with it and our body has to be ready to face them. The wet season brings lot of greenery, spectacular waterfalls and a lovely cooler climate with it. However, it also invites flooding and helps the mosquitoes breeding process. The hot, humid and wet weather makes it favorable for the micro-organisms to reproduce and multiply. This can results in many diseases and skin infections.

Cold and flu are common illness that is found in the wet season and this is usually due to fluctuation in the temperature. The body is susceptible to bacterial and viral attack and this is the most common form of viral infections. To protect the body eat highly nutritious foods to strengthen the immunity. Stay hydrated and keep up your fluid intake, just because it is cooler doesn’t mean you should cut back on your water. Cleanliness is very important and you should clean your hands regularly and continue to use sanitizer.

The weather becomes favorable to water-borne insects as well. There are many mosquito born diseases which can be very painful and unpleasant to deal with. Dengue fever, Ross River Virus are common in the tropics. Keeping the body protected from any form of mosquito bite can ensure safety. This can be done by the use of preventive measures such as mosquito nets, repellent creams and mosquito coils.

The dampness caused due to gloomy weather and constant rain increases the growth of fungus in the surroundings. These pollutants are infectious to asthma patients as they cause bronchital disorders. Keep the damp places like toilets and bathroom free from mould.

If you have an open wound, keep it as dry as possible and make sure it stays clean. Infections can spread quickly.

Precautions for the rainy season are really easy and practical! If in doubt and you are not well call your local doctor for a check up.

Top 5 things you need to do if you get bitten by a snake

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It’s holiday season and time to watch out for snakes.

Be aware of some first aid for snake bites.

1. Call an ambulance immediately

2. Don’t panic and don’t move

3. Leave the snake alone

4. Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and splint

5. Don’t wash, suck, cut or tourniquet the bite

Call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance, or use the Emergency+ app to call an ambulance. 

For more details click on this site:

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/what-to-do-if-you-get-bitten-by-a-snake

Decembeard Australia – Supporting Bowel Cancer – December 2020

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Decembeard Australia is supporting Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world; 1 in 13 Australians will develop the disease in their lifetime.

While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.

Approx 15,000 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in a year.
Most bowel cancers start as benign, non-threatening growths – called polyps – on the wall or lining of the bowel. Polyps are usually harmless; however, adenomatous polyps can become cancerous (malignant) and if left undetected, can develop into a cancerous tumour.
During the early stages of bowel cancer, people may have no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.
Almost 99% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully when detected early.
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Decembeard Australia: Jamie’s Bowel Cancer Story

To learn more about bowel cancer, click here: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/what-is-bowel-cancer
To find out more, support or donate to this cause, click here: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/decembhair
For people ineligible to participate in the government program, talk to your GP or pharmacist today about BowelScreen Australia, or order a screening test online or by calling Bowel Cancer Australia’s Helpline on 1800 555 494.
EMAIL A BOWEL CARE NURSE – OR CALL – 1800 555 494

Movember in November 2020

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Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about. Mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer are all part of men’s health which needs to be looked at.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION

Talking saves lives. Stronger social connections can reduce the risk of suicide. That means more men talking about stuff that really matters.  the right conversation can make all the difference to a mate who might be struggling. If we all dig a little deeper, we can help prevent more men from reaching a crisis point.

 

To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

If you’re ever worried that someone’s life is in immediate danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.

PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia. Globally, more than 1.3 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

Know the facts and take action early.

To find our more about Prostate Cancer: http://au.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer

TESTICULAR CANCER

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Australian men.

It is a highly treatable cancer and can be effectively treated, and often cured, if diagnosed and treated early

To find our more about Testicular Cancer: http://au.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer

To find out more go to: http://au.movember.com/about/foundation

To donate: http://au.movember.com/donate

 

National Skin Cancer Action Week – 15 to 21 November, 2020

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Cancer Council

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, sometimes cells become abnormal and keep growing. Abnormal cells can form a mass called a tumour.How cancer starts diagram

Cancer is the term used to describe collections of these cells, growing and potentially spreading within the body. As cancerous cells can arise from almost any type of tissue cell, cancer actually refers to about 100 different diseases.

How does cancer develop and spread?

As mutant cells (those with mistakes in their genetic blueprint) grow and divide, a mass of abnormal cells, or a tumour, is formed. In some cases, these cells will form a discrete lump, in other cases such as leukaemia, abnormal blood cells are in the body.

Cancer cells can break away from the mass (or tumour) and travel via the bloodstream or lymphatic system to different parts of the body. These cells can settle in other parts of the body to form a secondary cancer or metastasis.

Cancer can cause premature death because these secondary cancers stop parts of the body from working properly.

How many Australians get cancer?

Cancer is a common disease and a major health problem in Australia today. At current rates, it is expected one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

An estimated 145,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.

Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – almost 55,000 deaths from cancer were estimated for 2019.

Compared to 1982, around 25,000 more people die each year from cancer. This is due mainly to population growth and ageing. However, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 people) has fallen by more than 24%.

More than 66% of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia will survive more than five years after diagnosis.

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To find out more about cancer go to: www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/what-is-cancer

Cancer Council Australia

ABN: 91 130 793 725

Tel: (02) 8063 4100

Fax: (02) 8063 4101

Email: info@cancer.org.au

 

 

 

World Diabetes Day – 14th October 2020

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World Diabetes Day - 14 November

DIABETES: NURSES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Education is vital to support the fight against diabetes.

What is diabetes

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.

There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1type 2 and gestational diabetes.

How does diabetes affect the body?

When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood can lead to long term and short term health complications.

For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. When people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy.

Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood resulting in high blood glucose levels. After eating, the glucose is carried around your body in your blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia. Blood glucose levels can be monitored and managed through self care and treatment.

Three things you need to know about diabetes:

  • It is not one condition- there are three main types of diabetes: type 1type 2 and gestational diabetes
  • All types of diabetes are complex and require daily care and management
  • Diabetes does not discriminate, anyone can develop diabetes

NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700

For more information on diabetes go to: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/

 

Halloween Fun

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Halloween Fun at the Edmonton Family Medical Centre

A spooktacular couple of days prior to Halloween weekend. Fortunately we didn’t scare any one away.

Left to right: Yve, Ruth, Sharon and Cathy.

Left to right: Cathy. Ruth. Cathy. Sharon