One You is the most significant public health campaign to launch in this country over the last eight years
Without knowing it, by the time we reach our 40s and 50s many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life. Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, continuing to smoke despite everything we know, or just not being active enough, all of these small things can add up to an unhealthy you.
Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health, and could prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. But it's not easy in our busy lives – tempting treats in easy reach, bigger portions for everything we eat and technology that allows us to shop, stay in touch and be entertained without ever having to leave the sofa.
One You is a public health campaign designed to help people get as healthy as possible.
Healthy choices include:
- Quitting smoking
- Cutting down alcohol intake
- Healthy eating
- Regular exercise
- Good quality sleep
- Steps to reduce stress levels
We will be putting up information on this programme, with information on how you can make changes. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou
Be Clear On Cancer
For the next two months, we will be working alongside Public Health England to promote cancer awareness and try to prevent late diagnosis of these conditions. Cancer Research UK is also promoting their “Be Clear on Cancer” awareness programme at this time. We will be specifically focusing on a few cancers, as below, but more information on the whole campaign can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer
Bladder and Kidney Caner
From 15th February to 31st March 2016, Public Health England will be running a national campaign to promote awareness off “blood in pee” as a symptom of bladder and kidney cancers. The message is simple; if you notice blood in your pee, even if it is ‘just the once’, tell your doctor.
Almost 20,000 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. Each type of cancer can affect men and women, and can affect people of all age (although are more common over 50 years of age).
These cancers can be life-threatening, put detecting these early means that treatment is easier and it increases the chances of more successful treatment.
Other bladder cancer symptoms:
- A urinary tract infection that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment
- Pain when passing urine
Other kidney cancer symptoms:
- A pain in the side, below the ribs, that doesn’t go away
- Weight loss
Some symptoms can be caused by urinary tract infections or bladder or kidney stones, but see your doctor for advice. You are not wasting your time by getting your symptoms checked out.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England. The older you are, the more likely you are to get it.
If breast cancer is detected early, it is more treatable.
Finding it early, could save your life.
What to look for? Generally, any changes to your breasts. Specific signs include:
- A lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
- Changes to the skin, shape or size of the breast
- Nipple changes
- Pain in your breast
If you notice any changes, it is important you see your doctor. You are not wasting anyone’s time.
In the UK, women between the ages of 50 and 70 are currently invited for breast screening every 3 years. For more information, visit http://www.nhs.uk/breastscreening
Reducing your Risk of Cancer
Around 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in England each year!
4 in 10 of these could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, such as:
- Smoking increases the risk of many cancers
- There’s plenty of help available to support you whilst you stop
- Visit nhs.uk/smokefree or call 0300 123 1044 for more information
- Being overweight can increase your risk of some cancers
- Try to stay active and keep a healthy weight
- The more you can do the better!
- Try to match this with an equally healthy, balanced diet
- Drinking too much alcohol has been linked to some cancers
- Men and Women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week
- 14 units is roughly equivalent to six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine
Health Promotion Winter Tips
This winter, Wonersh Surgery will be initiating a new project to promote various aspects of healthcare. Each month, the information will take on a new theme, and cover a new topic, with the aim of increasing awareness and knowledge of various conditions and symptoms.
Stay Well This Winter
This December, we will be promoting specific ways in which we can keep ourselves well in the cold winter months.
Winter can have serious consequences for our health and a challenging time for the NHS, particularly urgent and emergency care services. There is a nationwide awareness programme to help people aged 65 or over, those with a long-term health condition, pregnant women and parents of children aged two, three and four and in school years 1 and 2 to stay well this winter.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign is not about preventing those that need urgent care from going to hospital, but aims to help those that are most vulnerable to falling seriously ill with winter ailments avoid needing hospital treatment by providing simple advice to protect them.
We will be putting posters up in the surgery to support this campaign. Some ways in which you can keep yourself well this winter include:
- Keep yourself warm
- Cold conditions can have negative effects on our health
- Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and can aggravate existing health problems.
- Heat your home to at least 18C(65F) if you can.
- Flu jab
- For those with long-term health conditions, catching flu can cause serious complications, like bronchitis or pneumonia. Don’t put it off get your flu jab straightaway. It’s free because you need it.
- Keep an eye on the elderly
- Do help and keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives.
- Timely medical help
- For minor ailments such as colds, sore throats, coughs and earaches visit a pharmacist for advice on the best course of action.
- Make sure you don't run out of food and medicines through the holidays
- Pick up enough of your prescription medicines before the holidays start on Christmas Eve
Health Promotion 'Movember and Self Care Week'
This winter, Wonersh Surgery will be initiating a new project to promote various aspects of healthcare. Each month, the information will take on a new theme, and cover a new topic, with the aim of increasing awareness and knowledge of various conditions and symptoms. The initiative kicks off in November 2015 with a combination of “Movember” and “Self-Care Week”, as detailed below.
Movember is a campaign initiated by a charity, The Movember Foundation, which aims to promote some key aspects of mens health. Their aim is to contribute “to men living happier, healthier, longer lives”. We plan to support this campaign by increasing awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. It is important that men are aware of these conditions, what they can do and when to take action.
Please visit the website below for more information, visit the surgery or ask your doctor for more information on these. We will have useful posters up around the surgery this month.
Self Care Week
Self Care Week 2015 takes place from 16th – 22nd November. This is an annual initiative to increase national awareness for self-care and to help people to better look after their own health. This year’s theme is “self-care for life” which aims to give everyone useful tools to help stay healthy for their whole life, and to make this self-care a life-long habit.
We will have posters up in the surgery this month with useful information on them.
There are some extremely useful self-care resources available to you at the click of a button.
We will have various information sheets available at the surgery this month, including things you can do to help with lower back pain, eczema, heartburn and indigestion, fever in a child, constipation and many more. Please ask at reception or at your appointment for more information!