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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.

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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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For the month of November, men participating in Movember, start the month clean-shaven. For the rest of the month, they style, trim, and wax their facial hair to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health.

ONLY men have a prostate. Prostate cancer effects men of any age. However, prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50, and your risk increases with age. The average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. If you are under 50, your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low. Men under 50 can get it, but it isn’t common.

A prostate 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.

There may be no symptoms for the early stages of pancreatic cancer. However in the later stages, some symptoms of prostate cancer may include: feeling the need to urinate frequently and all of a sudden, finding it difficult and uncompfortable to urinate, pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips, and finding blood in urine or semen. Just because you have these symptoms, doesn’t always mean you have prostate cancer, you should always check with your GP.

Men over age 50, or 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, should talk to their doctor about testing for prostate cancer using the PSA test and DRE as part of their annual health check-up. 

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November is: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic cancer can effect everyone. Men are more likely to get pancreatic cancer, than women. In 2016, more people will die from pancreatic cancer, than breast cancer, as pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all the major cancers.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer be only vague and could indicate different conditions. Symptoms include: pain (usually in the abdomen or back), loss of appetite, pancreatic cancerjaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes), weight loss, nausea, change in stool, and recent onset diabetes. If you are experiencing one or more of these unexpected symptoms, the pancreatic cancer action network urges you to see your doctor.

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We welcome back Dr Rose Tilsley from annual leave on Tuesday the 18th of October

Dr Neil Filgate will be taking some well earned annual leave from the 15th of October, and will be returning on the 15th of November

We will also be welcoming back Dr Nathan Lucas and Dr Katherine Moore on 3rd January 2017

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