Cervical Cancer – Preventive measures that matter!

 

Cervical Cancer Awareness
Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical cancer can be prevented as there is a vaccine available to combat this disease but still many cases of this cancer are coming up due to ignorance towards the vaccine and screening processes. Medical science has made its move by bringing in the advanced screening techniques and preventive vaccines but all that is lacking is awareness.

Before going into the details of preventive measures for cervical cancer, have a look at the statistics of this disease.

Cervical Cancer Statistic

Invasive cervical cancer is less common as this type of cancer is usually detected in its very initial stage. The pre-cancer stage is more common and that is because of latest screening techniques and regular medical checkups being conducted after crossing the 35 mark.

This type of cancer is more common in middle age women and is usually found in females below the age of 50 and above 20. As per the study, about 15% of the total cases of cervical cancer are found in the women above the age of 65.

Cervical cancer can come your way anytime during the lifetime and it is therefore very important to take appropriate preventive measures to overcome the risk.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the type of cancer that develops in cervix – The lower part of the uterus. The fetus grows in the upper part of the uterus and cervix connects this upper part with the vagina. The cells lining the cervix slowly develop into cancerous cells after coming in contact with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) via sexual intercourse. This is basically a sexually transmitted virus. The person infected with HPV would still have chances of prevention either with the help of vaccine or by diagnosing the same in pre-cancer stage.

Signs to be watched

The signs and symptoms of cervical cancer may not show up in pre-cancer or initial stage. The signs may become apparent only when this cancer enters the invasive stage. Regular screening is therefore important to combat the cancer before it takes the upper hand. Here are the signs you may watch for –

  • Painful vaginal intercourse.
  • Unusual vaginal discharge that also contains traces of blood. It may occur between two menstrual cycles or also after attaining menopause.
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding that may occur after intercourse, between periods, or after menopause. Heavy and prolonged bleeding even at the time of periods is the sign that may call for immediate attention.

As the above symptoms occur only during the later stage of cervical cancer, make sure that you go for regular screenings without any signs or symptoms.

Screening tests for cervical cancer

The pre-cancer or initial stage of cervical cancer can be detected with the help of Pap test. The term Pap test stands for Papanicolaou test. This is one of the most popular screening tests used by medical practitioners. Other test is HPV DNA Test that is conducted along with Pap Test.

Preventive Vaccines

Cervical Cancer Vaccines are developed and approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent this cancer from invading girls and women that are exposed to HPV at some point of time in their life. There are two types of vaccines – 1. For boys and girls 2. For only girls and women.

The idea of vaccinating boys is to prevent transmission of the virus. These vaccines are given as injections of three doses at regular intervals. The second dose needs to be administered one or two months post first dose. Third dose may be administered six months post first dose.

The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. Even those who are seriously ill may avoid taking this vaccine. It may have severe allergic reactions if given to the person allergic to latex or yeast.

Remember, cervical cancer can be prevented or cured if detected in time!

About Author:

Karishma Pandey is a freelance blogger. She mainly writes on health and wellness subjects. Currently she is associated with “Green Coffee Extractz, an online shop for pure green coffee bean extract for weight loss.

 




Cerebral Palsy – the facts

Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. It may be before, during, or soon after the birth of child. As a result of brain damage it affects body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral Palsy is neither contagious nor progressive. Although symptoms start becoming noticeable over the first few years of the life but the underlying condition does not worsen with time. The below infographic from UKS Mobility takes a quick look at the top things everyone needs to know about cerebral palsy, including symptoms and social issues affecting people with the condition.




Cerebral Palsy - the facts
Cerebral Palsy – the facts

Homecare: The World’s Fastest Growing Industry?

The senior citizen population in America is growing enormously, with 10,000 people a day crossing the threshold of their 65th birthday. On the face of it, this increase in life expectancy is very much a positive development, but the offshoot of people living longer is the increasing burden being placed on the healthcare industry to provide the care that is needed for the elderly population.

It’s not that the healthcare industry is in decline or even stalling – far from it. This is a sector worth $84 billion in the USA alone, with a workforce of 1.7 million people and enormous growth projected in the next decade. The main difficulty is that the growth of the industry isn’t quite keeping pace with the increase in people requiring care, as America’s senior population is expected to stand at roughly 84 million people by the end of 2016.

Another factor in the struggle to meet the demand for home healthcare is the increased regulation of the industry, with providers of healthcare being required to meet higher standards of care than ever before. It is unarguable that patients deserve the best of care, but when licensing for healthcare becomes stricter, the pool of suitable providers gets smaller, and the demand for care is even less likely to be satisfied.

To see more about the current status of the homecare industry, read the infographic below from Be Independent Home Care (http://www.beindependenthomecare.ie/our-services/private-home-care.html).

Homecare - The World's Fastest Growing Industry
Homecare – The World’s Fastest Growing Industry




Are you doing enough to look after your heart?

Are you doing enough to look after your heart?
Are you doing enough to look after your heart?

Heart-related problems are the UK’s biggest killer. Coronary heart disease causes 73,000 deaths annually, while over 30,000 people suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest per year.

These statistics highlight just how important it is to look after your heart. Every day, your heart works hard for you, beating 100,000 times and pumping 23,000 litres of blood around your body – but are you returning the favour?

To ensure you’re taking all the right steps to look after your heart health, we’ve shared some of our easy tips to help get your started.

Your diet

The type of food you eat is so important to your heart. A healthy and balanced diet will help keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol under control. It can also reduce the risk of diabetes and help cut down on the risk of certain cancers.

You should try and eat a diet which contains the following:

  • Five portions of fruit and vegetables
  • Starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, pasta and rice
  • Non-dairy sources of protein such as meat, fish, eggs and beans
  • Some milk and dairy foods
  • A small amount of fat and sugar

You should attempt to reduce your total saturated fat intake and only have foods like butter, hard cheese, fatty meat, biscuits and cakes in moderation. You should also limit your sugar intake, as foods that contain lots of sugar also contain calories which can lead to weight gain.

When people are looking to lose weight, they often try faddy crash diets. These may help you lose weight quickly, but they are more often than not unsustainable and can limit your body from getting the nutrients it requires. Stick to a balanced diet, and in time you will see better results that will be long lasting.

How active are you?

Staying fit and active is key to looking after your heart. Not only is it proven to reduce heart disease and improve how your heart works, but regular activity can also help lower your blood pressure, help with weight management and maintain your cholesterol levels.

It can be a challenge to start exercising if you don’t already enjoy it, but you don’t have to start running marathons straight away. Initially, you should aim to do at least 10 minutes of activity per day. This means activity that makes you feel warm and slightly out of breath, so anything from jogging and cycling, to climbing stairs or brisk walks.

Smoking

If you are a smoker, giving up cigarettes is so important when looking after your heart. Smokers are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to those who have never smoked, and even those breathing in secondhand smoke can develop heart problems.

The ingredients in cigarettes can damage the lining of your arteries, increase your blood pressure and heart rate, reduce the amount of oxygen your blood can carry to your heart, and even increase the development of blood clots.

If you stop smoking, after a year of being smoke free your chances of a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker. Even though it can be hard, it’s never too late to stop smoking, and your body will quickly thank you for it.

Drinking alcohol

Drinking more than the recommended alcohol allowance can have a really damaging effect on your heart, as well as other parts of your body.

Drinking more than 14 units per week can lead to increased blood pressure, weight gain and higher risk of heart disease. Cutting back on the alcohol is necessary to ensuring your heart’s strength.

There are so many healthy, delicious recipes out there, as well as fun ways to keep active, so looking after your heart doesn’t need to be a chore. If you try to eat a balanced and healthy diet, keep active, avoid smoking and drink within the recommended alcohol limits, you will have the best chance of keeping your heart healthy.

Rosa Mitchell is a guest blogger from defibshop, the UK’s leading independent defibrillator supplier. Check out their Visual Guide to a Healthy Heart for more information on heart health.




Top tips on how to stay injury free when training #guardyourjoints

Top tips on how to stay injury free when training
Top tips on how to stay injury free when training

Watch our video for advice and tips from Dr Ellie Cannon and personal trainer Laura Williams on how to make sure injuries don’t scupper your exercise regime

With the weather heating up and summer on the way, millions of us will be upping our exercise regimes, whether we’re training for an event, simply trying to stay fit or even lose weight for our summer holiday.

But there’s nothing worse than an annoying or even serious injury stopping us in our tracks.

However, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent injuries, from technique, warmups, stretches and even diet and the type of sportswear you buy.

To make sure you stay injury free this summer watch our video where Dr Ellie Canon and personal trainer Laura Williams, who have joined with Solgar 7*, give their advice on everything from exercises to diet to keep you on track. Laura Williams




Tips for successful dieting

Tips for successful dieting
Tips for successful dieting

Whichever slimming plan you have decided to follow, these helpful tips from an international chain of weight loss classes are designed to help you stay on your diet until you reach your desired weight, then maintain your new, slim figure for life. And, for those inclined to have an occasional lapse, there are tips to help you know where you went wrong and how to start again.

Tips for successful dieting

 

  • If your motivation for eating is a desire to reward yourself, go out and buy something nice instead of treating yourself to a cream-filled pastry.
  • A hobby that keeps your hands busy is a mainstay when you might otherwise wander to the fridge out of boredom.
  • Don’t test your willpower. If you had a lot of it, you wouldn’t have to diet in the first place.
  • Never weigh yourself alone. This, more than any other thing, causes people to go off their diets, particularly if the scales show they have gained. Have a friend weigh you weekly or attend a weight reduction class.
  • Get involved in activities which keep your morale up, it’s easier to diet when you feel good about yourself.
  • Keep all junk foods out of the house.
  • Limit between-meal snacks to fruit, vegetables, tomato juice, low-calorie drinks, or special low-calorie recipes.
  • If you live alone, watch it. You can get accustomed to snacking instead of eating regular meals, and you’ll pay the price nutritionally.
  • When you go to a restaurant, take low-calorie salad dressing with you, or ask for vinegar or a wedge of lemon. Otherwise, while you might feel noble eating a tossed salad, you could be ruining your whole meal plan with a couple of tablespoons of high-calorie salad dressing.
  • Eat three meals a day and don’t “crash” diet by skipping meals, especially breakfast! Many overweight people get into the bad habit of not eating all day. When evening comes, they go crazy with calories!
  • Don’t feel you have to make up excuses to hide the fact that you’re dieting. You have the right to try to be your healthiest, best-looking self.
  • Don’t allow guilt to destroy your diet. One lapse doesn’t mean you should go mad and eat everything in sight! Remember, with the next mouthful you are back on the diet.
  • Exercise whenever possible. It helps burn off unwanted calories and firm up flabby muscles. Even simple things help. Climb stairs instead of using lifts, leave the car at home and walk more! Try swimming, biking, playing tennis. Do yoga. But whatever you do, do something. Don’t just sit there!
  • Keep a diet diary. It’s amazing how much food we eat and then forget! Write down everything you eat every day for at least a week. (Even broken biscuits count!) It will soon become apparent why so many of us are overweight.

 

… for those who’ve gone off a diet

 

Start your diet again, this minute! Don’t try to compensate by over-dieting, skipping meals or otherwise “punishing” yourself. The Simple 14-Day Diet is simple, very effective and will fit easily into your lifestyle.

 

  • Review the two days before you went off the diet. Write down the events that triggered the slip.
  • Now rewrite your script. What could you have done other than eat?
  • Throw out troublesome foods. Don’t try out your willpower at this time. Better not house your problems where they are available.
  • Plan some activity for every day in the next two weeks. Give yourself small units of time to anticipate, and be where the food isn’t.
  • Draw up a menu plan for the week. Include foods that are diet treats.
  • Be sure you are getting your beauty rest. Nothing is more destructive to a diet than fatigue. Your defences are down when you’re tired, and you may not resist the temptation to eat.
  • Place artificial sweetener, low-calorie salad dressing, and pocket-sized calorie counter in your bag. They are your emergency kit for eating out.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor for a thorough check-up. Review your weight control program with him.
  • Keep your diet to yourself. The less you talk diet, the more you will diet.

 

… for maintaining weight loss




 

Throw out all clothes that fit you “when” – except for the most atrocious thing in your wardrobe. Having nothing to return to but bare skin is a sobering consideration.

 

  • Make an appointment with a photographer for a glamorous, full-length portrait shot. Distribute it to all friends and family so that the first little bulge will bring you an avalanche of phone calls.
  • Join a good exercise or yoga class to firm up your new figure.
  • Keep a record of your weight fluctuations so that you know which foods trigger your allergy to fat.
  • Be sure to weigh in faithfully. Don’t rely on a snug waistline to tip you off that you are gaining. Your fat may show up on your hips, arms, or head first.
  • Don’t desert your old diet friends. Those diet foods that faithfully served you as you lost weight, low-calorie drinks, fruits, skim milk, low-calorie dressings, deserve your abiding loyalty in return for service rendered.
  • If you know one food in particular will set you off on an eating binge, never touch a morsel of it. That food is to you what alcohol is to the alcoholic. You may never have it again.
  • Don’t be disappointed when others don’t praise you for your accomplishment. Some people are openly hostile to good losers because they cannot stand success in others. Remember always that you have conquered yourself. You can now do anything.
  • If you are not working, and don’t wish to, find a voluntary organization that will expand your horizons. Spend some concern on others, not your stomach.
  • Regard the first two kilograms regained as the start of a severe attack of obesity. Immediately return to your reducing diet and remain on it until you have passed “goal.” Go one kilogram under your desired weight just to be on the safe side. Remember, you can do it. And keep this in mind: “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”

 

Lily is a diet expert who enjoys sharing tips on cardiac diet to reduce your risk of heart disease

Allergies: Identifying and Preventing Allergies

I’ve had a fair few problems with my hay fever after the last few weeks. So I thought I would share this great infographic with my readers.

Do you have any tips you would like to share?

Allergies 101: Identifying and Preventing Allergies

From Visually.




Dementia – what are the early signs of dementia?

With an aging population dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease) are becoming more common.

So we felt it would be useful to share this useful infographic on the early signs and symptoms of dementia.

How to spot the signs of dementia

From Visually.