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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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Travel vaccinations

Travel preparation is much more than just vaccinations. Prior to an overseas trip it is essential you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your itinerary so that the health travel risks can be assessed and the appropriate steps taken to reduce any risks. Travel vaccines are expensive and often a poor investment if the risk of the illness being vaccinated against is low. Planning is needed, especially for those with pre-existing illnesses, but it cannot be done by telephone and it is not possible to give travel vaccination advice without a detailed consultation.

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Iron Infusions

With the recent addition of iron for intravenous infusion to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme our Practice is pleased to be able to offer an intravenous iron infusion service for those unable to tolerate oral iron or needing their iron stores replenished quickly. The newer forms of intravenous iron are able to be given much quicker than the older products so an infusion can take as little as 15 minutes. More information about iron deficiency and iron infusions can be obtained from your doctor.

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Pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for all patients at the age of 65 years. The vaccination reduces your risk of developing a serious pneumonia. The government provides the vaccination for free. A second vaccination at 70 years is recommended for those patients particularly at risk of pneumonia (heart and lungs conditions, poor immunity, complicated diabetes etc) and your doctor will organise this with you.

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