Lifestyle

June 10, 2019

Bowel Cancer Awareness

Background Bowel Cancer (aka colorectal cancer) is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia. Over 15000 people are diagnosed in Australia each year. The risk of being diagnosed by age 85, is 1 in 16 for women and 1 in 11 for men. [1] Lifestyle Like most chronic disease, lifestyle is a major factor in reducing the risk of bowel cancer. Insufficient dietary fibre and excess consumption of red and processed meats are each thought to be responsible for 17.6% of Bowel Cancers in the population. Other factors include excess alcohol (9.0%), obesity (9.0%), smoking […]
January 9, 2019

New for 2019! Panaceum Medical – Extended Hours Clinic

We have extended our opening hours to help fit your healthcare into your busy schedule! Have you been putting off your health because it is too hard to get into see your healthcare professional during the day? Do the kids need to see a nurse or GP after school? Panaceum Medical (233 Lester Avenue, Geraldton) is extending opening times to 6.45pm every Tuesday and Thursday for: Doctors’ appointments Nurse treatment room appointments Chronic disease care plans New Hours Monday           8.00am – 5.00pm Tuesday         8.00am – 6.45pm Wednesday     8.00am – 5.00pm Thursday        8.00am – 6.45pm Friday              8.00am […]
January 4, 2019

BE SUN SMART

Prevent Skin Cancer – BE SUN SMART It’s the time of the year that we all enjoy being outside. Whether it be swimming, playing sport, riding a bike, gardening, having a BBQ, a picnic, walking to the shop, or even that mundane job of hanging out the washing, where our skin suffers from the harsh UV (ultra violet) rays. These daily activities are the ones where we are more prone to get UV damage and sunburn without thinking about sun protection. This “incidental” UV damage does contribute to our risk of skin cancer. So it’s time for a reminder to […]
October 9, 2018

Mental Health Week

October 10 marks ‘World Mental Health Day.’ This is a day to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and raise awareness. 1 in 5 people in Australia suffer from a mental health problem and more than ever it is seen as a weakness in life. What people don’t realise is that mental health problems like depression, anxiety, Bipolar disease and schizophrenia can affect anyone at any time. It crosses all domains in life, affecting men and women equally. It has no respect for race or position in society. And these conditions don’t discriminate. Whether you are a Postman, Boilermaker, […]
October 4, 2018

Alcohol, Fake News, and Alternative Facts

Alcohol, Fake News, and Alternative Facts In this day and age it’s sometimes hard to get the facts about anything, let alone your health. You can read something that tells you it’s safe to do this or eat that, and another article will say the exact opposite. (I still don’t know whether butter is good for me – though that hasn’t stopped me putting it on my toast!) When it comes to how much alcohol we drink the advice is equally confusing. One reliable source of information is the World Health Organisation’s AUDIT scale. This is a simple questionnaire that […]
September 18, 2018

Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia awareness month. This year the focus is on small actions big difference. Dementia describes a collection of symptoms caused by disorders that effect the brain. It effects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. Early signs of Dementia Progressive and frequent memory loss Confusion Personality changes Apathy (lack of interest, enthusiasm and concern) and withdrawal Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks. There is no known cure for Dementia, but research shows that you can help by: keeping physically active keeping […]