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  1. Bowel Cancer Symptoms and Treatments- Early Detection is Key

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    Article by Bowel Cancer UK Early detection is key to successfully treating bowel cancer. I have several friends and family members who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer- they have all been successfully treated following early diagnosis.  The over 50s are most affected.  I asked Bowel Cancer UK to explain the symptoms and treatments. 1. What is the bowel? The bowel (also known as the large intestine) is divided into the small bowel (small intestine) and the large bowel (colon and rectum). Nearly all bowel cancers develop in the large bowel. Two-thirds of these are in the colon and one-third in the rectum. Bowel cancer is also referred to as colorectal, colon or rectal cancer. Cancer of the small bowel is rare with only just over 700 people diagnosed in the UK each year. The bowel is part of our...
  2. How Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating

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    Guest article Summer is the season most of us look forward to, but for those who suffer from excessive sweating, the warmer weather can be a nightmare. When anti-perspirants aren’t enough, and changes of clothes throughout the day impractical, there is an alternative. For many people who suffer from excessive underarm sweating , they could consider treating the problem with Botox injections. Most people associate Botox* with anti-wrinkle injections.  It also has another very effective application- preventing excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. The treatment is quick and relatively pain free, consisting of a  series of small injections in the underarm area and only takes about 30 minutes. Typically it lasts for up to 7 months. So how does Botox work in preventing excessive sweating? Much in the...
  3. Cervical Cancer- what you need to know

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    Article by Fabafterfifty  Five  Fabulous celebrity women give their thoughts on cervical screening – what we used to know as the ‘smear test’. 1. There are almost 2,800 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed each year in the UK and nearly half of these are over 50 years old.  2. In England women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every 3 years, and screening continues every 5 years for women aged 50 to 64. 3. The key early signs and symptoms of cervical cancer: • Any unusual bleeding from the vagina particularly o After sex o After the menopause when your periods have stopped • Persistent vaginal discharge that is blood stained or smells unpleasant Five fabulous The Eve Appeal celebrity supporters speak out to encourage women to talk more about matters gynaecological, as overcoming embarrassment about cervical...
  4. Rosy’s moving conclusion to her ‘Love Not Smoking’ Journey

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    Guest article by Rosy Holt I was making what I now appreciate was a somewhat half-hearted attempt at giving up smoking I did the Love Not Smoking course and kept looking at the book, sometimes a bit too often really especially as I was constantly thinking I “needed” a cigarette, then a close friend of mine died, no warning, no time to say goodbye she was gone.  Death really is so final and to be robbed of telling someone what a great friend they had been left me feeling very unhappy and I reached for the cigarettes, did they help I wonder, who knows but I know in that moment had I not gone to buy 10 cigarettes (only real smokers buy 20’s) I would have...
  5. Buying the right bra following a mastectomy

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      playtex mink bra Guest article by Beverley Webb   Buying a properly fitted bra is not always straightforward. But what if you have to factor in having a mastectomy as well?  We asked specialist bra fitter Beverley Webb what her advice would be. Buying a bra is much the same as buying Shoes. We buy them for the following reasons: They look good They fit well They make us feel better And we choose by style, colour and fit. They are both emotive purchases, but also we all have basic requirements when buying – You wouldn’t buy a stiletto shoe if you were going running! So let’s try and take out some of the mystery when buying a bra. The band of the bra which goes round your body should...
  6. Rosy’s Love Not Smoking update 2

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    Article by Rosy Holt  We met Rosy 3 weeks ago when she offered to share her ‘Love Not Smoking  Journey’ with us with the support of professor Karen Pine of Hatfield University (co-author of the book). I woke up on Friday 18th March with the distinct idea that this giving up smoking idea was not one of my better ones, well not at that precise moment anyway.  Having done the 14 days preparation following the rules in the  Love Not Smoking  book this was not the way I should be feeling even I realised that, what had gone wrong, why was I feeling so anti, why did I desperately need to find a cigarette, why did I feel so deprived, there were no real reasons that I could come up with, nothing had happened since the night before when I had been quite...
  7. Facts about ovarian cancer and women over 50

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women in the UK, after breast, lung bowel, and womb cancers. Most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in women who have gone through menopause. This means that most cases are in women over the age of 50 but younger women do also get the disease. “New data shows that 29% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at A&E which is higher than the average for other cancers, and much higher than for other women’s cancers including breast, cervical and womb cancer. That’s another sign that there’s still a huge awareness raising job to be done to make sure women know about the signs and symptomsof ovarian cancer.” To summarise, evidence shows that any of the following three symptoms, if they are new, occur on most...
  8. Rosy’s ‘Love not Smoking’ update 1 – Preparation

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    Article by Rosy Holt  We met Rosy 2 weeks ago when she offered to share her ‘Love Not Smoking  Journey’ with us with the support of professor Karen Pine of Hatfield University (co-author of the book). The first two weeks of Karen’s  Love Not Smoking programme involves preparation, and a series of exercises to try some ‘Do Something Different’ exercises to give your usual routines a bit of a shake-up, and to start breaking the habits associated with  our smoking. Here’s how Rosy got on: “ I didn’t smoke as much as I smoked the first time I gave up but it was still between 8 and 10 a day and once on the slippery path it would be so easy for the 8 to slip to 9, the 9 to 10 the...
  9. Rosy’s ‘Love not smoking’ journey begins

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    Article by Rosy Holt Rosy  Holt  has volunteered to share her journey with us as she  follows the’ Love Not Smoking’ programme as outlined in the book by Karen Pine and…….   Rosy  previously managed to give up smoking for 6 years through hypnotherapy. 4 years ago she lapsed, but is determined to stop smoking, and set it as one of her resolutions for 2011. I met up with Rosy, and Karen Pine, co-author of  Love Not Smoking: Do Something Different , Karen stressed that the programme was as much about ‘giving up’, but more about breaking habits and patterns, and replacing one thing you enjoy (smoking) with another more positive activity. Karen explained that preparation is key, and  that for the first...
  10. Love Not Smoking book review

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    Article by Fabafterfifty All smokers know that smoking is bad for your health, and most smokers by the time they reach their fifties have had more than one attempt to give up. So how is this book able to help where others fail? I met Karen Pine, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire,  one of the co-authors of Love Not Smoking, who explained that it is often the habit of smoking, and the way our mind associates smoking with something pleasurable, such as our morning tea, coffee with dinner, chatting with friends, that we have to break, rather than an addiction to nicotine itself. Karen also explained that you have to prepare to not smoke, so the first 2 weeks of her 6 week ‘Love Not Smoking’ programme still allows...
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