Category Archives: Health

International Women’s Day – Warning Signs for Women’s Cancers

Please accept my apologies for being a couple of days late for International Women’s Day . I have been very busy with Uni deadlines this weekend, but wanted to post something to raise awareness for women’s health. This is a great article from ‘Defeat Cancer’ – thank you.

Gem X

Defeat Cancer

 

Wishing all women good health on International Women’s Day!

 To ensure good health, women need to take some precautions. Now let’s examine  important warning signals for women’s cancers.

 Rachel, one of the secretaries of the hospital, came crying to me that both her breasts become extremely painful particularly before menstrual periods.  She was woried that she has cancer as one of her relatives was recently diagnosed.This is quite common and  is due to hormonal changes along with menstrual cycle.  The breasts become heavy,  tender and the pain fully disappears after the periods start.  This is not to be worried about as a sign of malignancy.

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Let me give some practical information on early detection of breast cancer.

Breast Lump :    Classically a painless lump in breast like a buried pea or sometimes larger like a grape, is one of the important signs of breast cancer. It…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013

This month is Breast Cancer awareness month…

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Please find below some facts, figures and useful links which will hopefully help raise awareness for this disease which is increasing in the developing world.  Please feel free to re blog and help to increase awareness of breast cancer.

 

Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. Although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where breast cancer is diagnosed in very late stages. Therefore, early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. (World Health Organization) 

There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). 

Breast cancer statistics

  • Breast cancer rates in England have increased by 90% since records began in 1971.
  • One in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.
  • In 2009 more than 48,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK – around 133 women a day. Around 370 men were diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK – 31% of cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancer.
  • Around 12,000 women in the UK die from breast cancer each year.
  • Since peaking in the late 1980s, breast cancer death rates have fallen by almost 40% in the UK.

Raising awareness 

When breast cancer and its treatment overshadow everything, we see the woman underneath. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for anyone affected by breast cancer. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. (Breast Cancer Care Charity)  

Please click on the image/logo below for more valuable information about breast cancer from the charity..  

the breast cancer
support charity

Autism ~ Therapy, acceptance and community

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”Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.” – The National Autistic Society.

I wanted to share this article about young autistic adults and parents finding acceptance and community at unique Autism Movement Therapy workshop. If you have spent any time with autistic adults or children you will know how important the little breakthroughs in communication are for these people and their loved ones. Please click on the picture below for the very interesting and informative article..

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click the pic for the article. Picture from ‘The art of autism’

Occupational Therapy myths

There are so many  misconceptions about OT and many people do not understand what it entails.

This is a great piece by an American Occupational Therapist..

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Click the pic for the article

Sharing her OT experience and a bit of kink! – Melanie Reid, award winning journalist

I had to share this video of Melanie sharing her experience of OT at COT annual conference.

It shows many of the varied skills OT’s demonstrate as well as the natural personality attributes required to make a great OT.

It makes me very proud that I am becoming to belong to this wonderful profession.

Gem X

The top 10 causes of death

These interesting figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that heart disease, stroke and respiratory infections are still top killers in the world.  Also sadly, not much change from the percentages of deaths for HIV/AIDS.

The percentages for deaths from diabetes and  road traffic accidents have also increased and whilst TB figures have decreased slightly it still killed one million people in 2011.  TB is preventable with the vaccination and could be wiped out if it was available to all world wide.  http://www.vaccinestoday.eu/diseases/tb-return-of-a-preventable-disease/

Many of these illnesses can be prevented with the right treatment and education.

From an Occupational Therapy perspective, there is much scope in this profession to promote and educate on well being in the community rather than just treatment and re rehabilitation.

Please visit WHO for more information about these facts and figures by clicking on the picture or this link http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html

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Click for more info from WHO

Female Genital Mutilation

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997).

It always saddens me when I read articles or see television programs about  FGM.

Seen from a human rights perspective, the practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. (World Health Organization)

More importantly it is a painful and traumatic experience and I see it as yet more suffering for the sake of religion and social culture.

Please see the attached link about Global strategy to stop health-care providers from performing female genital mutilation

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/fgm/rhr_10_9/en/index.html

and further information about this subject from the World Health Organization.

http://www.who.int/topics/female_genital_mutilation/en/