How Healthy Are You?
Most people refer to being healthy as eating well and exercising regularly but there are other aspects of our health that we need to take into consideration too!
When was the last time you gave yourself the once-over to make sure everything seemed ok?
Men & Women, listen up!
I’m talking to men and women here so please don’t skip this and think it doesn’t apply to you guys! It is vital that we check ourselves regularly for any kind of abnormality, anything that doesn’t look, feel or smell right that could potentially be cause for concern.
For women, one of the most important checks that we should be doing regularly is our breasts – Did you know that over 50,000 women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the UK every year?
Women over 50 are offered FREE mammograms in the UK but Breast Cancer can (and does) affect women much younger so be Breast Aware!
Follow the TLC guidelines:
TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.
Guys, yes I’m talking to you, check your bits! Did you know that there were almost 40,000 new cases of Prostate Cancer in the UK in 2014?
It may seem like an embarrassing subject to discuss guys but I’d rather risk embarrassing you and get you thinking about it than not discuss it at all!
Changes to look out for include:
- Needing to urinate more often than usual, including at night – for example if you often need to go again after two hours
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Straining or taking a long time to finish urinating
- A weak flow when you urinate
- A feeling that you’re not emptying your bladder fully
- Needing to rush to the toilet – sometimes leaking before you get there
- Dribbling urine after you finish.
So people, if you have any concerns at all, no matter how silly or embarrassed you may feel, get them checked out!
Don’t think ‘It won’t happen to me’, my mother is in her 70s and it happened to her, (thank god she got checked out and has been in remission for 3 years now) be mindful, check regularly and Stay Healthy!