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DecemBeard is a Bowel Cancer Australia foundation that focuses on the awareness of bowel cancer in men, through growing a beard. Bowel cancer does affect both genders; of those affected, 55 percent are males. Bowel cancer affects men of all ages; however with age, the risk of being diagnosed with bowel cancer increases.

Bowel cancer’s death toll is more than double that of the National road toll for men. Over 8,000 Australian men are diagnosed each year, and of those over 2,300 die.

1 in 11 men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

You are never too young to have bowel cancer. Medical guidelines recommend screening for bowel cancer be added to your yearly check up from the age of 50 (younger if you have a family history of bowel cancer) – as risks dramatically rise from this age onwards.

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National Skin Cancer Awareness Week: 20-26th November

This week is National Skin Cancer Awareness Week. National Skin Cancer Awareness Week focuses on the importance of staying sun smart . It is a perfect time to be reminded, as we head into the hot summer months, the risks and dangers of skin cancer.

With two in three Australian diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, this week is a time when we are reminded of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection.

More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year and the Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion each year treating skin cancer. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

National Skin Cancer Awareness Week is a great time to remind everyone to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30+ water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. 

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regular check-ups by your GP so you can pick up on any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

For any queries or more information, contact the Cancer Council Australia on 1300 65 65 85, or visit their website: .

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: 14-20 November 2016

Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from November 14–20th and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), acknowledging the global importance of this growing public health issue. World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness ofglobal antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further growth and spread of antibiotic resistance.

All health services and hospitals are encouraged to take part in Antibiotic Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and ways to address this issue.

Antibiotics are a precious resource that could be lost. Antibiotic resistance is happening now – it is a worldwide problem that affects human and animal health. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stops an antibiotic from working effectively – meaning some infections may be impossible to treat. Few new antibiotics are being developed to help solve this problem. Misuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance. Whenever antibiotics must be used, they must be used with care.

A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was supported at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.

The theme of the campaign, Antibiotics: Handle with Care, reflects the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections, only when prescribed by a certified human or animal health professional.

Antibiotics should never be shared or saved for the future.

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Today is World Diabetes Day: Monday, November 14

World Diabetes Day is an internadiabetestional event to raise awareness about diabetes, celebrated every year on 14 November. 1 in 2 adults with diabetes are undiagnosed. And by 2035, almost 600 million of us may be living with type 2 diabetes.

Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to ensure early diagnosis and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

Phone: 1300 136 588 (local call cost)

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 13th – 19th November 2016

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. The Week aims to raise awareness about perinatal depression and anxiety, including the signs to look for and where to go to seek support.PANDA_logo

Perinatal depression and anxiety is a serious illness. Up to 1 in 10 expecting mums and 1 in 20 expecting dads struggle with antenatal depression. More than 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression each year. Even more are thought to suffer with anxiety. It’s important for expecting and new parents, as well as those around them, to be aware of perinatal anxiety and depression, to know the signs to look out for and where to go for help.

PANDA’s telephone information, counselling and referral service is staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff. Many helpline counsellors have had their own experience of perinatal depression or anxiety. Helpline (10am – 5pm Monday to Friday). This helpline isn’t just for people suffering with perinatal depression and/or anxiety, but for those around them too, seeking help on how to help.
PANDA National Helpline
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm AEST
1300 726 306


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After 15 years at this practice, today we farewell Sue Nunn. Summerdale Medical wishes to thank Sue for all she has done for our Practice in her years of service. Her contribution has been invaluable.

We wish her nothing but the best of luck with her future endeavours.

At the same time, we wish Christine all the best as she takes on the roll of nurse manager.farewell 2

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