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Thank you to all the patients who completed the survey about extended opening hours for GP Practices. The results should be available in the near future on the East and North Herts CCG website  GP Practices. 

www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk

 


PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

Please see below for some key information regarding Prostate Cancer

 

Key information:

  • The prostate is a small gland about the size and shape of a walnut.
  • It lies below the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra (tube that carries urine).
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
  • For some, prostate cancer grows very slowly and may not cause any problems. It may be monitored rather than treated right away. 
  • For others, the cancer grows more quickly and eventually some cells may break away and start tumours in other parts of the body.

 

What affects your risk?

  • Age:  The older you are, the greater the risk. Only 1 in 100 cases of prostate cancer are in men under 50.
  • Ethnicity:  Prostate cancer is more common in black men than white men and least common in Asian men.
  • Prostate cancer family history:  If a close relative (such as father or brother) had prostate cancer, particularly at a young age, the risk is higher.
  • Breast cancer family history:  If your mother had breast cancer, your risk of prostate cancer may be higher.
  • Previous cancer:  The risk may be higher if you have had some types of cancer before.
  • Weight:  The risk of advanced prostate cancer may be higher if you are overweight or obese.

 

What should I look out for:

  • Having to rush to the toilet to pee (pass urine)
  • Needing to pee more often than usual, especially at night.
  • Difficulty peeing
  • A sense of not being able to completely empty the bladder.
  • Difficulty getting an erection or erection problems.
  • Another warning sign might be having blood in your pee.
  • These symptoms are more often caused by problems that are much less serious than cancer. But if you develop any of them, or any other changes to your body that are unusual or don’t go away, it is best to see your doctor to get them checked out.

 

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Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical screening is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer yet across the UK figures for 2014 show a significant drop as age increases, for example in England screening uptake fell from 81.6 per cent of 50-54 year olds to 74.8 per cent of 55-59 year olds and 73.2 per cent of 60-64 year olds. Data also shows that over a third of diagnoses in England were in women over 50 and those aged 50-64 are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage cervical cancer, with 49 per cent as stage two or later. Due to these worrying trends in older women we commissioned a survey looking into what women aged 50-64 know about cervical cancer, its cause and prevention.

The awareness week, led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, saw a great amount of media covering the issues of screening among older women, increasing awareness of cervical cancer and prevention not only among older women but also among the general public.

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For more information visit:

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/links

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This little kit could save your life.

Bowel Screening awareness

Aged 60-74? You’ll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit every two years. It’s meant for people with no symptoms and completing it could help save your life.

 If you’ve lost or not received your kit then please call: 0800 707 6060

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Don’t ignore it. Take the test

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PHARMACY 2U

We are aware that this company have targeted local residents in a marketing campaign to promote their prescription delivery services. The practice would like to notify patients that it does not endorse this, or any individual pharmacy service and to reassure patients that this campaign is not in conjunction with the surgery.

You may wish to discuss this service with your regular/local pharmacy before signing up to the service.

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