By SHAUNA ANDERSON
As a woman there are a lot of times you will put your own health on the back burner. It is easier to focus on our kids, our partners or our jobs – so our own health often gets neglected.
There are a lot of health checks that you probably will think of – pap smears, mammograms for women over 40 or those with a family history of breast cancer, and keeping up to date with your vaccinations. Generally women don’t forget these.
But there may be a few health checks you manage to ignore if you aren’t aware of the symptoms and the need for early detection.
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Here’s a list of 5 appointments that every woman might need to make in her life.
The incidence of skin cancer in Australia is the highest in the world. It is two to three times the rate of the UK or US. Skin cancer checks are essential.
In 2011, 2087 people died from skin cancer in Australia. The sooner a melanoma is detected the better your chances of successful treatment.
You would think by now that Australian women would be wise to the dangers of sun exposure on our skin, but it seems that half of Australian women still believe tanned skin ‘looks healthy.’
While the vast majority of dermatologists work in a private practice you can find them in public hospital clinics too.
2. Gynecological Oncologist
Ovarian cancer is notoriously hard to detect, and with three Australian women diagnosed with this disease every day it is definitely one you need to be vigilant about.
Despite being known as the silent killer there are early symptoms. The difficulty is that they are often mistaken for signs from other conditions. Common symptoms include bloating, urinary urgency or pelvic discomfort and pain, swelling and bloating, or abdominal pressure. If you do find yourself diagnosed you will need to find a good support network and a gynecological oncologist will be key to your ongoing treatment.
It is important to know the symptoms and to act early.
Did you know you have a one in four chance of experiencing bladder leaks at some stage in your life? The causes of bladder weakness are multiple and include childbirth, exercise, weight issues, irritations, and some genetic or medical issues.
But it is treatable.