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Media Release today 15 Jan 2019- New year life checks.

15 January 2019
NEW YEAR, NEW LIFE CHECKS TO PREPARE FOR LONGER, BETTER LIVES

To take a Life Check, visit http://lifechecks.gov.au
Millions of Australians are being asked to take a free online Life Check on a new
website launched today, as the Liberal National Government continues rolling out its
More Choices For A Longer Life measures, supporting Australians to live longer,
better lives.

“Taking a Life Check means having more choices for a longer life,” said Minister for
Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.
“Life Checks have been carefully designed to help your health, wealth, work and
social well being.

“This is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make in 2019 and it’s
something to tell you friends about, because spending a few minutes taking a Life
Check could make a lifetime of difference.”

Ten million Australians aged 45 and over can now access free advice to plan and
take positive steps towards better health and greater security.

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“We should be aiming to live well to 100 or more,” said Minister Wyatt. “We’re already
living 25 years longer than we did a century ago and we owe it to ourselves, our
families and the nation to live the best we can.

“Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050
there will be more than 40,000 centenarians.”
The online Life Checks cover four areas that research has shown are keys to our
well being: Health, work, finance and social life.

Two Life Checks are available, for people aged 45 to 64 and for those aged 65 and
older, with the results and recommendations available via email in an easy-to-read
format.

“An important aspect of Life checks is assessing people’s financial preparedness for
the future,” said Minister Wyatt.

“Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next
five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that.
“Options for employment are also included, whether the focus is to keep earning or to
stay involved in the community.

“With so many types of work available and flexible working arrangements, retirement
is no longer the only choice.”

The health area of the quiz focuses on risk factors for preventable disease, with
research showing that nearly nine out of 10 people over 65 are living with at least
one of eight chronic diseases.

Social and community connections are also essential for healthy ageing, with
engagement through some form of work, volunteering or community activities giving
people a strong sense of purpose.

“Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible
resources to improve things you may want to change to realise your dreams and help
future proof your life,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Life Checks aim to provide Australians with a clear picture of how they are currently
tracking and how they can prepare for the next stages in their lives.
“They are totally private and no personal information is stored at any time during the
Life Checks process.”

The Liberal National Government is investing $6.5 million in the Life Checks
program, as part of its comprehensive commitment to the More Choices for a Longer
Life ageing and aged care package announced in the 2018–19 Budget.
Thanks to our Government’s commitment to a stronger economy, the Budget
includes a record investment in Australia’s future, with an additional $5 billion for
aged care over four years.
To take a Life Check, visit http://lifechecks.gov.au

Skin Cancer Facts.

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder of the risks of exposure to UV radiation, the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.

More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection, yet too many Australians still have a tan.

Despite many Australians referring to a “heathy tan”, a tan is not a sign of good health or wellbeing. In fact, tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to enough UV radiation to damage your skin. This will eventually cause premature aging – including sun spots, wrinkles and sagging. Worst of all it increases your risk of skin cancer.

That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to #OwnYourTone and embrace your natural skin tone. Make the pledge today to protect yourself from UV radiation and abstain from tanning.

During National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer, use the five forms of sun protection and #OwnYourTone by:

  • slip on sun-protective clothing
  • slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • seek shade
  • slide on sunglasses.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

If you have any concerns make an apt today to visit Dr Harvey Roux at our Skin Cancer; for Lindsay Street Clinic call  46 329688 and for our Highfields District Clinic call 46 308800.

 

Did you know if you are 45-49 years old, you are eligible for a FREE 45-49 Health Check?

Find our more? To be Eligible for this FREE Health Check you need to be between 45 to 49 years old.

As we get older, many of us can be more vulnerable to preventable disease. In the prevention of these risks, we would like to invite you to for a 45-49 Health Check Assessment.

We do these assessments at both our Medicals Centres being,  Lindsay Street Medical Centre and Highfields District Medical Centre.

The aim of the health check is to help prevent the early detection of disease, assessing your lifestyle, medical and family history to find out if you are at risk.

The health check involves:

  • Updating your medical history and looking at any health issues
  • Blood tests, if required, Check your Blood Pressure
  • Follow up of any problems identified
  • Advice and information, for example on how to make lifestyle changes to improve your health

If you are currently within the age of 45 and 49 you may have a “risk factor”.

Risk factors may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Extra weight
  • Unbalanced diet
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of disease (e.g. cancer, glaucoma, heart disease, depression or diabetes)
  • Smoking
  • High stress levels
  • Sun  Exposure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call us today to make an appointment on 4630 8800 or 4632 9688 for your FREE 45-49 year old Health Assessment.

Breast Cancer Facts – we would love to see you for a chat if you have any concerns on 4632 9688

What Causes Breast Cancer?

We do not know what causes breast cancer, although we do know that certain risk factors may put you at higher risk of developing it. A person’s age, genetic factors, personal health history, and diet all contribute to breast cancer risk.

Who Gets Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Today, about 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2017, about 252,710 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 40,610 will die from the disease.

Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are “sporadic,” meaning there is no direct family history of the disease. The risk for developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages.

What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

The symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
  • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
  • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
  • A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
  • A change in shape or position of the nipple
  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
  • A marble-like hardened area under the skin.

 

All about your Prostate. We would love to see for a chat if you have any concerns call Lindsay St Medical 4632 9688

WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?

Only men have a prostate. It is a small gland that sits below the bladder near the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, the passage in the penis through which urine and semen pass.

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It produces most of the fluid that makes up semen that enriches sperm. The prostate needs the male hormone testosterone to grow and develop.

The prostate is often described as being the size of a walnut and it is normal for it to grow as men age. Sometimes this can cause problems, such as difficulty urinating. These problems are common in older men and not always symptoms or signs of cancer.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. In the later stages, some symptoms of prostate cancer might include:

  • Feeling the frequent or sudden need to urinate
  • Finding it difficult to urinate (for example, trouble starting or not being able to urinate when the feeling is there or poor urine flow)
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Finding blood in urine or semen
  • Pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips.

These symptoms may not mean you have prostate cancer, but if you experience any of them, go and see your doctor.

 

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?

Factors that are most strongly linked to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer:

  • Age: Prostate cancer is an age-dependent disease, which means the chance of developing it increases with age. The risk of getting prostate cancer by the age of 75 is 1 in 7 men. By the age of 85, this increases to 1 in 5.
  • Family history: If you have a first degree male relative with prostate cancer, you have a higher chance of developing it than men with no such history. The risk increases again if more than one male relative has prostate cancer. Risks are also higher for men whose male relatives were diagnosed when young.

 

OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING PROSTATE CANCER:

Factors that are most strongly linked to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer:

  • Genetics: Genes are found in every cell of the body. They control the way the cells in the body grow and behave. Every person has a set of many thousands of genes inherited from both parents. Changes to genes can increase the risk of prostate cancer being passed from parent to child. Although prostate cancer can’t be inherited, a man can inherit genes that can increase the risk.
  • Diet: There is some evidence to suggest that eating a lot of processed meat or food that is high in fat can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Lifestyle: There is evidence to show that environment and lifestyle can affect the risk of developing prostate cancer.

 

HOW IS PROSTATE CANCER DETECTED AND DIAGNOSED?

A doctor will usually do a blood test and/or physical examination to check the health of the prostate.

  • Blood test (Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test): The result shows whether there is an increase in this specific protein. Depending on the result, you might need further investigation by a specialist. A high PSA test result does not necessarily mean cancer. Prostate diseases other than cancer can also cause a higher than normal PSA level.
  • Digital Rectal Examination (DRE): Because of where the prostate is located, the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to check the size of the prostate and assess if there are any abnormalities. A normal DRE result does not rule out prostate cancer.

 

DIAGNOSIS

If your tests show you may be at risk of prostate cancer, the next step is a biopsy. A biopsy is the only way a firm diagnosis of prostate cancer can be made. A urologist removes small samples of tissue from your prostate, using very thin, hollow needles guided by an ultrasound. The prostate is either accessed through the rectum (transrectal) or the perineum (transperineal), which is the area between the anus and the scrotum. A biopsy is usually done as an out-patient procedure and the doctor will likely advise a course of antibiotics afterwards to reduce the chance of infection. The tissue is sent to a pathologist to identify whether the cells are malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous).

 

REDUCING THE RISK OF DEVELOPING PROSTATE CANCER

There is no evidence that the following protective factors can stop prostate cancer from developing, but they can improve your overall health and possibly reduce the risk of prostate cancer:

  • Diet: Eat meals that are nutritious. Refer to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. What is good for the heart is good for the prostate.
  • Physical activity/exercise: There is some evidence to show that physical activity and regular exercise can be protective factors for cancer. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes of a day.

 

Food

Nutrition

Enjoy a wide variety of foods from the five food groups everyday. Healthy eating is easy! For more information visit: www.eatforhealth.gov.au