Yes, it’s June again and the cold season is in full sail. However, I wanted to discuss colon cancer. The world at large and Australia in particular are doing a fantastic job with our medical care, advances in medical investigations and treatments. So much so that that the average life expectancy has recently been reported to be elevated to close to 85 years for males and slightly higher for females. As a result, morbidity from things like heart disease and stroke have fallen away and have been outpaced as the cause of death by cancer.
Bowel cancer (or colorectal cancer) is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia and is more common in people over the age of 50. The most common type of colorectal cancer is Adenocarcinoma, making up 95% of the causes. In the gastrointestinal tract, adenocarcinomas develop in the cells of the lining inside the colon and/or the rectum. They typically start as a growth of tissue called a polyp. A particular type of polyp called an adenoma may develop into cancer. Polyps are often removed during a routine colonoscopy before they may develop into cancer. There are other types of bowel cancer which are rarer
Symptoms of bowel cancer can include; any change in bowel habit, bleeding in the stools, passing of very dark, black stools, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, lump on the abdomen, or anus or perhaps pain in the anus.
Causes of bowel cancer include: genetic inheritance in some, high red meat consumption (especially processed meats), being overweight or obese, high alcohol consumption and smoking. Recently the World Health Organisation noted that cancer caused by high consumption of processed meats was comparable to the link between smoking and lung cancer! We have a good screening program here in Australia that when you turn 50 you get in the mail a package that requests a stool sample that gets sent away for blood testing. A positive test is NOT necessarily a diagnosis, it just needs further testing to uncover a more definitive diagnosis. But if you are over 50 and haven’t had this (FOBT) done then come and see me, or if you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms then make an appointment for a chat.
June is the month for bowel cancer awareness. To keep your bowels healthy, make sure to have regular checkups, particularly if you are over 50 or at risk of colon cancer due to other medical condition such as Crohn’s Disease.
Knoxfield Pharmacy offers document certification services: $4 for the first page and $1 for every page thereafter. The entire amount is donated to the National Geographic Uproar Program. Helping to save big cats in the wild
Our Doctor does not take phone calls during consultation hours. If you need to speak with the doctor, you must make an appointment. Results are not given over the telephone, they are given in consultation. You may receive a telephone call from the Doctor if the matter is urgent, otherwise our receptionist will call you to make a follow up appointment.
Urgent matters will be triaged and it is likely that you will be given an urgent appointment on the same day.
Our practice is committed to preventative care. We may issue you with a reminder notice from time to time offering you preventative health services appropriate to your care. If you do not wish to be part of this system please let us know at reception.
Jack N' Jill is a natural toothpaste for babies, toddlers & children that is safe to swallow. It was first made in Melbourne, Australia in 1949. Jack N' Jill Toothpaste is 100% safe for young children - especially because they have a tendency to swallow it, rather than spit it out! It does not contain any fluoride, SLS, parabens, GMO ingredients, colours, sugar or artificial preservatives. They are also a cruelty free company and use recycled and natural materials such as corn starch and bamboo instead of plastics.!! Now available at Knoxfield Pharmacy!.
The average Australian adult catches two to four colds every year. Due to their immature immune systems, children can get as many as five to 10 colds annually. And, over a two-year period, seven million visits may be made to GPs due to upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs). Cough is the most common presenting symptom (reported at a rate of 30%) and antibiotics were prescribed for infections in 40% of URTIs.
The immune system compromises innate and adaptive immune responses designed to protect the body from infection. Key herbs and nutrients may help provide support for these responses and help reduce the duration and severity of symptoms ad aid healing.
Knoxfield Pharmacy is now a stockist for BioCeuticals which offer an efficacious array of nutrients and herbs to help optimise and support healthy immune function.
ArmaForce: Standardized Andrographis and Olive Leaf with high potency Echinacea alongside Vitamin C and Zinc provide a powerful combination to relieve the symptoms of colds and mild URTIs.
ArmaForce Throat Relief: Combining herb sage to relieve mild inflammation in the throat, Licorice to form a protective film, Echinacea to relieve symptoms, Zinc to support immune health and manuka honey for soothing and healing properties.
For more information on the powerful BioCeutical range please speak to our friendly staff at Knoxfield Pharmacy.