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  1. A Fight in Our Fifties – The Facts about Breast Cancer in Women Over 50

    Article by Mr Stephen McCulley MBChB, FCS(SA)Plast, FRCS(Plast), Statistics from Cancer Research show that around 8 in 10 breast cancers are diagnosed in women aged 50 and over. The good news is that breast cancer survival rates are improving and women are now twice as likely to survive the disease for 10 years or more than those diagnosed 40 years ago. Although survival rates are improving, the emotions women who are diagnosed with the disease feel, and the difficult decisions they have to make, still have a massive impact on their lives. Mr Stephen McCulley MBChB, FCS(SA)Plast, FRCS(Plast), is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon based in Nottingham and a leading expert in breast cancer treatment and reconstruction. Below he shares his insight into...

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon  New awareness campaign for breast cancer and older women launches We may think that we get to an age where we are less vulnerable for specific diseases, but I was surprised to learn that more than half of all breast cancer deaths annually are women over 50, and that one third of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 70. This comes as Public Health England launches a new national Be Clear on Cancer campaign to remind older women ‘don’t assume you’re past it’, and to visit their doctor if they spot any changes in their breasts. It is essential that we ensure that our own family members are aware of this risk. According to recent statistics around 13,500 women aged 70 and over are diagnosed...
  3. Half of women over 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis

    Article by Dr Carol Cooper “It’s a tragedy that half of women over 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis, often the wrist, hip, or spine.  Osteoporosis causes fragile bones that are more likely to fracture after fairly minor trauma, and there are no symptoms until a bone breaks. But even then, the condition doesn’t get the attention it deserves.  The fracture heals, yet bone thinning continues.  Now new research from the National Osteoporosis Society shows that 20% of women break three or more bones before they’re diagnosed with osteoporosis. In some parts of the country there’s a Fracture Liaison Service that picks up problems after one broken bone, but it’s far from universal.  That’s why more women – and their doctors – need to be aware of what can...
  4. After Breast Cancer – Healthy Eating and Supplements

    Article by Katherine Formosa Bown Nothing can prepare you for the news that you have breast cancer and 4 years on I still can’t believe what has happened to me but I do know one thing; I’m very lucky to have come through it. The cancer didn’t beat me and after chemotherapy, radiotherapy, an operation and medication I can still make small changes in my life to keep cancer at bay. It was just after my treatment finished that I started reading books and attending seminars about the natural ways to prevent and heal cancer so that I feel that I’m doing ‘something’ to stop it from happening again. I’m no medical expert, or even in the medical profession so I don’t claim to...
  5. Osteoporosis – How to Prevent, Treat and Reverse It

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Osteoporosis is a major public health problem.  Osteoporosis affects many more women than men – striking 1 in 2 women over the age of 50.  And osteoporosis isn’t just a matter of brittle bones. It can kill. In fact it is a bigger female killer than ovarian, cervical and womb cancers combined. But the biggest problem is that osteoporosis is so often a ‘silent disease’, bone loss happens gradually over time, without any symptoms.  Osteoporosis, at the moment, remains woefully unrecognised and yet it is preventable and treatable. What is Osteoporosis? The word osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones’ that is bone filled with tiny holes.  Bones change constantly – being broken down and rebuilt.  However, problems arise when the rate of renewal does not keep up with the rate of...
  6. What to do if Your Vision is Fading

    Guest Post Experiencing deterioration in your vision is a scary thing, not least because the process can be a rapid one, impacting greatly upon your daily life. Whether you currently wear corrective lenses or not, if you begin to feel that your vision is fading, it’s important that you take immediate action by following the steps that we’ve outlined below. When it comes to your eyesight, ignoring the problem and hoping that things will improve is simply not an option. Visit your doctor When your vision begins to fade, it can be tempting to simply make an appointment with your local optometrist and get your eyes tested. If the deterioration is rapid, however, and there is no obvious cause, it is perhaps best to take the precautionary measure...
  7. 7 Tips to keep your brain active and ward off brain ageing

    Article by Doctor Lynda Shaw It’s official, more and more of us are living longer. Affording us all those extra years to do so many wonderful things…  This is great news isn’t it?  We are in exciting times.  Technology will continue to move along at break neck speed opening up possibilities we can’t even imagine.   Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will teach us whole new ways of looking at things.  I’m even saving for my ticket to outer space! Ageing has never been more exciting, which means it’s vital we do all we can to stay well, so as to enjoy all these amazing opportunities.   So how do we keep our brain as healthy as possible?  There are 7 answers to this question and it’s a...
  8. Exercising with Diabetes

    By Anne Elliott Serious health conditions can hit at any age and when they do, they are invariably life changing. However, with many of them the problem is that as soon as a condition is diagnosed the patient can go into a kind of psychological lock down. From the body’s point of view, it’s pretty sensible; it wants to protect itself but this means it can misinterpret very sound advice and practice. One such case in point is being diagnosed with Diabetes. Many adults who are told they have the condition closed the gates and hunker down for the long term being too scared to take part in many activities in case it makes matter worse. This is far from the truth. It’s all to do with insulin. Food we eat...
  9. Are YOU risking unnecessary sight loss

    Article by Fabaferfifty Around a  third (32%) of those aged 50+ have never heard of the condition Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) which is the biggest cause of sight loss in their age group Less than half (47%) would make an appointment with a GP or optician straightaway if they experienced wavy lines or blurred vision Urgent medical help is crucial, as one form of the condition can take your sight in as little as three months People over 50 are putting their eyesight at risk due to a lack of awareness of Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), warns the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). AMD is the biggest cause of sight loss for those over 50 AMD is the biggest cause of sight loss for those over 50, affecting more than 500,000 people...
  10. Dementia – making the most out of life

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw Sufferers of Dementia can still enjoy their later years and can take active steps to lessen the effects of their illnesses with help urges cognitive neuroscientist and ageing specialist Dr Lynda Shaw. Dementia is an age-related syndrome that affects nearly 600,000 people in the UK, and is now the most common disease in the elderly. Living with Dementia is very difficult for both sufferers and their friends and families, but it doesn’t have to spell the end of a happy and meaningful life. There are steps you can take to help Dementia sufferers enjoy everyday activities and make the most of their later years, despite their illness: Still possible to take enjoyment from life with dementia “It is a common misconception that once Dementia...
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