Over 50's Health Checks

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Test your breasts
Did you know that one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and more than half of all breast cancers are found by the woman herself or her local GP? All women over 50 should be tested, and it doesn’t hurt for men to check themselves too, so find out what to look for at the Breast Cancer WA website.
www.breastcancer.org.au

Diabolical diabetes
In 1989 only 1.5 per cent of the population suffered from diabetes. Now 4 per cent of Australians have this disease which, if left untreated, can be dangerous. All Australians over 55 should be tested but, to find out if you are at risk, visit the Diabetes Australia website.
www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

Protect your prostate
Aproximately 20,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year in Australia. All men over 50 should talk to their GPs about prostate cancer screening. To find out more about the testing methods used visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia website.
www.prostate.org.au

Be aware of your bowel
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, and it is the second highest cancer killer in the country. Luckily it is also one of the most curable types of cancer if detected early, so why not order a bowel cancer screening kit today from Bowel Cancer Australia?
www.bowelcanceraustralia.org 

Glaucoma doesn’t rhyme with anything interesting
If you haven’t had your eyes checked recently it might be time to book an appointment with an optometrist. Optometrists check your eye health, as well as your eyesight, and they look for conditions such as glaucoma, or pressure in the eye, which can lead to irriversable blindness. To discover the symptoms of glaucoma visit the Glaucoma Australia website.
www.glaucoma.org.au

How dense are you?
One in two women over 60 and one in four men over 60 will sustain a fracture due to osteoporosis, and approximately 25 per cent of those who sustain a hip fracture die within 12 months of sustaining the injury. To keep your bones healthy why not visit the Osteoporosis Australia website to learn about bone density testing?
www.osteoporosis.org.au

A little blue or something more?
Everyone feels sad or anxious occasionally, but if these feelings are extreme or last for a long time then they may be a sign of something more serious. Why not take a quick depression test at the Beyond Blue website to see if you should take further action?
www.beyondblue.org.au  

Let’s talk about farting
Chronic bloating, stomach pain, unusual stools and smelly farting can all be signs of irritable bowel syndrome or a food intolerance. If this sounds like you, why not visit the Shepherd Works website to learn about hydrogen breath testing, which determines any foods to which you may be intolerant.
www.shepherdworks.com.au

Under pressure
High blood pressure can lead to serious heart problems such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. To learn how to keep an eye on your blood pressure at home, visit the Heart Foundation website to download some helpful guides.
www.heartfoundation.org.au

It’s all around us
If you were sunning yourself pre-slip-slop-slap days then regularly (and frequently) checking yourself for skin cancers is vital. Know Your Own Skin offers a step-by-step guide which shows you how to perform your own skin checks at home.
www.knowyourownskin.com.au  

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