Category Archives: World Health Organization

World Mental Health Day 2014- Schizophrenia – Her story so eloquently told

 

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..  

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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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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/

World No Tobacco Day ~ May 31st

World No Tobacco Day ~ May 31st

Click the pic for more info from the World Health Organization.

Tomorrow is ”World No Tobacco Day” and you may wonder why I am posting today.

Well I thought it would be good to bring awareness to the event ahead of the day.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

I am not blogging this to preach others about their habits or ”chosen occupations”, but I just like to promote good health and highlight any issues and events.

Please click on the pic for more information from the World Health Organization, where you will find lots of other health information and list of events and campaigns throughout the year.

Gemini