What is an Intracranial Neoplasm (Brain Tumour)?

Intracranial neoplasm, most commonly known as a brain tumour, often occurs when abnormal cells form within the brain. There are usually two different types of tumours, malignant or cancerous tumours and benign tumours. Cancerous tumours can usually be divided into primary tumours that have started within the brain and secondary tumours that have spread from somewhere else.

Causes:

Aside from the high exposure to vinyl chloride which is highly toxic and ionizing radiation which are usually within gamma rays and x-rays, part of the electromagnetic spectrum, there are no known environmental factors associated with brain tumours. Inherited conditions may be a factor with the passing of genes throughout the generations in some patients.  Additionally, mutation and deletions of tumour suppressor genes are thought to be the cause of some forms of brain tumour. Studies have not shown any link between cell or mobile phone radiation and the occurrence of brain tumours.

Signs and Symptoms:

The signs and symptoms usually depend on the size of the tumour and also the location as well as the aggressiveness of the tumour. Symptoms of both primary and secondary brain tumours can be divided into three main categories.

  • Intracranial Pressure (often first noticed): Headaches, vomiting, nausea, altered state of consciousness, dilation of the pupil.
  • Dysfunction: Depending on the tumour location and the existing damage it may have caused to the surrounding brain structure: Cognitive and behavioral impairment (including impaired judgement, memory loss, and spatial orientation disorders), personality or emotional changes, impaired sense of smell, loss of hearing, weakness, paralysis, double vision, dizziness, speech problems.
  • Irritation: Abnormal fatigue, weariness, tremors but also epileptic seizures.

Living with a brain tumour:

It can be very difficult coping with a diagnosis of a brain tumour, both physically and emotionally.  At first it can be very frightening and confusing, but the main objective is to find out the right information about the type of brain tumour.

There are also many support groups which could help in the way of advice and a sense of community regarding the condition, the main one being Brain Tumour Research.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a highly experienced team specialising  in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours. Our service is supported by a consultant neurosurgeon who offers surgical treatment for a full range of adult neurosurgical disorders including tumours of the brain.

If you feel you need advice and help managing your condition or you are yet to be diagnosed but feel you have symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our website, www.newmaldendiagnostics.co.uk/

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common condition that disrupts the digestive system. It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.

CAUSES OF IBS

The exact cause of IBS is yet to be fully understood, many suggest that inflammation, infections and certain diets can lead to IBS, however this has not been proven. When digesting food, the muscles of the intestines will squeeze and relax in a regular rhythm. In IBS this is not the case as food moves either too slowly or too fast – such with diarrhoea and constipation.

SYMPTOMS OF IBS

IBS symptoms can vary person to person. Some who have IBS may not have continuous symptoms while others can have them to the extent that it affects their quality of life.

Most common symptoms:

  • Abdominal (stomach) pain and cramping
  • Alteration in bowel movements
  • Stomach bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Urgent need to visit the toilet
  • Constant feeling of not fully emptying bowels
  • Passing mucus

IBS sufferers can harbour further symptoms such as nausea, feeling lethargic, back or joint pain, discomfort during sexual intercourse and incontinence.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT 

Although IBS can typically be diagnosed on symptoms alone, if it could be linked to other bowel conditions, further tests will be required. This could be assessed by arranging a blood test or providing sample stools. If you have unexplained weight loss, anaemia, swelling/a lump in your stomach/back passage, or bleeding from your rectum, additional tests will be a necessity such as flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.

 

There are treatments that can help to settle flare-ups and prevent complications:

Lifestyle

To manage or even control IBS, changing your diet can make a significant difference. Unfortunately there is not a diet that will suit everyone as this syndrome is very individualistic, however a popular technique to aid you in this process is to keep a food diary so ‘trigger foods’ can be identified. Depending on your specific symptoms, fibre (soluble or insoluble) can be monitored as well as potentially utilising the low FODMAP diet (FODMAPs are certain carbohydrates (sugars) that are found in foods – they are osmotic (means they pull water into the intestinal tract), may not be digested or absorbed well and could be fermented upon by bacteria in the intestinal tract).

 

Reducing stress by exercising has reportedly benefitted sufferers and your GP can advise you on what form of exercise would be best for your own personal circumstance.

 

Probiotics & Medicines

Probiotics can supplement your diet and, despite there being little evidence, many have claimed they helped relieve their symptoms of IBS. You are advised to take this for at least four weeks to ascertain its effectiveness.

Drug treatment to help relieve the symptoms of IBS are available such as laxatives, antispasmodics, anti-motility medicines and low-dose antidepressants.

 

LIVING WITH IBS

The most useful method sufferers find, is keeping a food diary. As well as monitoring food intake, it can help you identify if something is making your symptoms worse or better. Depending on what particular symptoms you have, your dietician can advise you further and recommend what your intake should consist of (with particular reference to fibre). Alongside reducing stress in your life where possible and to regularly exercise, the symptoms have potential to greatly lessen.

The NHS offer a community forum on IBS which many affected by the syndrome find helpful. Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a team of highly experienced gastroenterologists, colorectal and general surgeons who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal disease as well as pancreatic disorders.

If you feel you need advice and help managing your condition, or you are yet to be diagnosed but feel you have symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our website.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that affects primarily the skin. It begins as inflammation of the skin and typically becomes visible through plaques (patches) of flaky, red, scaly and potentially itchy skin. The extent of inflammation varies but in the majority of cases people are affected in small patches. It is a long-lasting condition that is usually sporadic in its occurrence and its severity.

CAUSES OF PSORIASIS

Psoriasis occurs when a person’s skin cells regenerate and replace more quickly than usual – the skin cells of someone with psoriasis have a faster turnover. The increased amount of skin cells leads to a build-up which in turn becomes the flaky skin plaques. There is a hereditary factor to consider as one in three sufferers have a close relative also dealing with the condition, however this does not make the condition inevitable.

SYMPTOMS OF PSORIASIS

Small plaques of psoriasis can attack any areas of skin without warning. There are numerous varying types – the most common being Plaque or Nail psoriasis. Psoriasis tends to occur in areas of trauma, particularly broken skin (e.g. shaving). While it can start small, the plaque can evolve and become more widespread on the body.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Red patches on skin
  • Scale-like skin
  • Dry/cracked skin
  • Swollen and stiff joints
  • Ridged nails
  • Itching, burning or soreness

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT 

Typically, a GP will be able to make a diagnosis by simply observing the appearance of your skin. In rarer cases a skin sample may be taken or you may be referred to a dermatologist.

The treatment offered or suggested varies as it will depend entirely on the severity and the type of Psoriasis you have. Treatments are put into the following categories and can sometimes be offered as a combination:

  • Topical – ointments and creams
  • Phototherapy – ultraviolet light therapy
  • Systemic – injected/oral medication

Lifestyle

Your GP may advise you of situations that potentially could exacerbate the issue of Psoriasis – and make you more susceptible to the condition. This includes but is not exclusive to:

  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Infections – particularly a sore throat
  • Medication
  • Injury to skin
  • Sunlight (while some report it helps it has also been known to have the opposite effect)
  • Alcohol (excessive consumption)

LIVING WITH PSORIASIS

The best action sufferers can take is to dutifully follow their care plan and if possible, make a few lifestyle alterations to ease the condition. Even when the treatment begins to relieve your symptoms, it is vital you continue as prescribed as this should help you avoid ‘flare-ups’.

There are also a lot of support groups which could help in the way of advice and a sense of community regarding the condition, the main one being The Psoriasis Association.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a highly experienced team who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of Psoriasis.

If you feel you need advice and help managing your condition or you are yet to be diagnosed but feel you have symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our website.

 

 

 

 

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Transient Loss of Consciousness

Transient Loss of Consciousness (TLoC) is very common and affects up to half the population of the UK at some point in their lives. An episode of TLoC is often described as a ‘blackout’ or a ‘collapse’. This can be a dangerous and disabling condition, especially if there is little or no warning.

Causes of TLoC

Cardiovascular disorders (the most common cause), neurological conditions such as epilepsy, and psychogenic attacks can all result in TLoC.

Most unexplained blackouts are caused by syncope. Many people, including doctors, assume that blackouts are due to epileptic seizures, but much more commonly they are due to syncope – a type of blackout which is caused by a problem in the regulation of blood pressure or sometimes with the heart.

The similarity between a syncope ‘attack’ and epilepsy ‘seizure’ provides a diagnostic challenge even for specialists if trying to distinguish a case of syncope from one of epilepsy using visual cues alone.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis of the underlying cause of TLoC is often inaccurate, inefficient and delayed. There is huge variation in the management of TLoC. People experiencing TLoC may come under the care of a range of clinicians, and the lack of a clear pathway may contribute to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.

The New Malden Diagnostic Centre offers a TLoC Clinic for patients who have suffered from blackouts, fits, faints and/or funny turns.

The initial referral from a GP will be reviewed by both a Consultant Cardiologist and a Consultant Neurologist and the clinical decision will be made as to whether the patient follows the Cardiac Pathway or the Neurology Pathway. All of the diagnostics are completed at the Centre in a rapid, convenient and timely manner. If further specialist tests are required there are established routes to ensure further rapid assessment.

The Cardiac Pathway

The patient will have a full consultation with Dr. Elijah Behr followed by routine cardiac diagnostics such as an electro-cardiogram (ECG), an ultrasound of the heart (Echocardiogram) and a 24 hour ECG recording if required.

Additional tests such as week-long event recorders, Cardiac MRI, X-rays and blood-pressure monitoring may also be requested and followed up quickly.

Dr. Behr will then review all the results with the patient at a follow up clinic appointment. He will advise on further treatment and a care management plan to ensure the patient is clinically managed and where appropriate to ensure a speedy safe return to work.

The Neurology Pathway

The patient will have a consultation with Dr. Dominic Paviour followed by investigations which may include an electro-encephalogram (EEG) and an MRI scan of the brain and neck. Additional diagnostics may also be required according to the clinical presentation.

Dr. Paviour will then review the results with the patient at a follow up clinic appointment. He will advise on further treatment in order to ensure that the risk of further episodes is minimised and that where appropriate a speedy safe return to work and driving is possible.

 

If you feel you need advice and help managing your condition or you are yet to be diagnosed, please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 020 8942 6555.

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Side effects from Sleep Deprivation

The most well-known and common side effects from lack of sleep, are feeling grumpy and not functioning at your best. However, did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on physical health?

One in three Britons suffers from lack of sleep, though the cost of those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus. Regularly losing sleep heightens the risk of a serious medical condition such as obesityheart disease and diabetes – and it can shorten a person’s life expectancy.

The side effects of missing sleep can range from:

  • Irritability
  • Memory lapses or loss
  • Impaired moral judgement
  • Increased stress
  • Decreased testosterone
  • Risk of high blood pressure
  • Risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Impaired immune system
  • Tremors and aches
  • Risk of diabetes type 2
  • Risk of obesity

Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night to feel sufficiently rested. Few people are at their best with less than 7 hours, and few require more than 9 without an underlying health condition.

A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including conditions such as insomnia, which is difficulty getting to sleep, or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning. However, in most cases it’s merely a matter of bad sleeping habits.

There are many ways to help improve a night’s sleep including:

Avoiding blue light – The problem this creates for sleep is that most commonly used devices such as laptops, tablets, televisions, and mobile phones—emit blue light. This blue light stimulates your brain, interfering with your ability to fall asleep as well as the quality of your sleep once you do nod off.

Waking up at the same time every day can help to improve your mood and sleep quality. Consistency is key to a good night’s sleep, especially when it comes to waking up.

Avoiding caffeine (especially after lunch) means you can sleep more and infinitely improve the quality of the sleep. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that interferes with sleep by increasing adrenaline production in the brain. Caffeine can take a full 24 hours to work its way out of your system. If you have a cup of coffee at 8 a.m. you will still have 25% of the caffeine in your body at 8 p.m. anything you drink after noon will still be near 50% strength at bedtime.

Finally it is important to learn how much sleep you need. The most common problem is that most people sleep much less than they really need which causes them to underperform because they believe they are getting enough.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we encourage a healthy lifestyle, and early diagnosis of all medical issues, to make sure the correct treatment and solution are identified. For the best treatment and advice please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our website.

 

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The other main form of IBD is a condition known as Crohn’s Disease.

UC is a condition that causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury or irritation, and can cause redness, swelling and pain. Small ulcers develop on the colon’s lining, and these may bleed and produce pus.

The inflammation usually begins in the rectum and lower colon, but it may affect the entire colon. If UC only affects the rectum, it is called proctitis.

The inflamed colon is less able to absorb liquid and this can lead to a larger volume of watery stools. Also, because the colon cannot hold as much as usual, you may have very frequent bowel movements (six or more a day).

It is estimated that around 1 in every 420 people living in the UK has UC; this amounts to around 146,000 people. The condition can develop at any age, but is most often diagnosed between 15 and 25 years old.

Causes of UC

We don’t really know what causes UC, however researchers believe it is caused by a combination of factors: a person’s genes combined with an abnormal reaction of the immune system to certain bacteria in the intestines which is probably triggered by something in the environment.

Symptoms of UC

UC symptoms may range from mild to severe and will vary from person to person. There may be periods without any symptoms, known as remission, and periods when they do occur, which is known as flare-ups. It is also possible to feel well between flare-ups and have no symptoms at all.

Most common symptoms:

  • Diarrhoea – the main symptom, often with blood or mucous depending on how much of the rectum and colon is inflamed and the severity of the inflammation
  • Cramping – these can be severe and often occur before passing a stool
  • Anaemia – this is more likely to develop if you are losing a lot of blood and not eating well
  • Tiredness – from the illness, anaemia, or disrupted sleep
  • Loss of appetite and a loss of weight
  • Feeling generally unwell and feverish

UC can cause further problems in other parts of the body. These can include mouth ulcers, skin rashes and inflammation (redness or pain) in the eyes, skin or joints. Problems outside the large bowel often occur during a flare-up but can also happen while in remission.

Diagnosis and treatment 

If you develop diarrhoea with bleeding and abdominal pain, your doctor may suspect you have UC, particularly if you are a young adult or have a family history of IBD. You will need tests and physical examinations to confirm a diagnosis. These may include:

  • Blood and stool tests – to determine whether you have inflammation somewhere in your body and whether you are anaemic
  • Endoscopies – a doctor or specialist endoscopist uses an endoscope – a long thin, usually flexible, tube with a camera in its tip – to examine your digestive system
  • MRI and CT scans – other tests that are increasingly used to look at the location and extent of inflammation include MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computerised Tomography) scans

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell UC apart from other inflammatory bowel conditions, especially Crohn’s Colitis (Crohn’s Disease in the colon). If it remains unclear you may be given a diagnosis of IBD Unclassified (IBDU) or Indeterminate Colitis. This should not affect the start of any treatment.

There are treatments that can help to settle flare-ups and prevent complications:

Medicines

Drug treatment for Ulcerative Colitis usually aims to reduce symptoms and control flare-ups, and then to prevent a relapse once the disease is under control. This can mean that you need to take your medication on an ongoing basis, sometimes for many years. Or, you may need only a short course of drugs.

Surgery

If medicines don’t improve symptoms, a gastroenterologist may recommend an operation to remove the large bowel. By talking to a specialist, the best and most suitable operation can be explored. Recent estimates suggest that about two in 10 people with UC may eventually need surgery, depending on how severe the disease is and which part(s) of the colon are affected.

Living with UC

Generally, the most important thing is to eat a nutritious and balanced diet to maintain your weight and strength, and to drink sufficient fluids to stop you getting dehydrated.

Certain foods may affect symptoms, for example, when you have a flare-up, you may discover that bland, soft foods cause less discomfort than raw vegetables, spicy or high-fibre foods.

UC is such an ‘individual’ condition and people’s experiences vary so widely. Also, so much can depend on the severity of your condition and on whether your disease is in a quiet or an active phase.

Chrohn’s and Colitis UK offers extensive information and support for those affected by IBD.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a team of highly experienced gastroenterologists, colorectal and general surgeons who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal disease as well as pancreatic disorders.

If you feel you need advice and help managing your condition or you are yet to be diagnosed but feel you have symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our website.

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MRI Scans without sedation for Children!

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan uses a magnetic field rather than X-rays to take pictures of a child’s body. The MRI scanner is a hollow machine with a tube running horizontally through the middle. Your child will lie on a bed that slides into the tube where the scan will take place and can usually last around 15-30 minutes.

Children having the scan without sedation or general anaesthetic do not need to fast or stop eating and drinking before the scan unless this is stated in the appointment letter.

Before entering the MRI room it is important that your child should wear clothes without zips or metal poppers for the scan – otherwise they will need to change into a gown. Before the scan starts a nurse or radiographer will also check you or your child do not have any metallic objects such as jewellery, watches, keys, pens or cards with metallic strips like bank cards etc. as these should also be left outside the scanner room in the lockers provided. It is vital that these items are removed as they can cause the pictures to distort.

For a child, having an MRI scan can be quite a daunting and scary experience, so as a parent or guardian you are always welcome to stay with your child during the scan. However if you are in the first three months of pregnancy, it is essential to inform this beforehand. We like to encourage children to bring along a favourite CD, so they have something to listen to during the scan. Not only does this help to calm nerves but it also makes the time go quicker; keeping them entertained and preventing them from fidgeting with boredom whilst the scan is taking place.

It is critical that during the scan the child does not move. If for some reason there is movement, this will also cause an interference with the pictures, and consequently will have to start over again.

When the scan is about to take place, the MRI Technologist will provide headphones so that your child is able to listen to their music and they will explain the procedure of the scan, how long it can take and provide a button for the child so they are able to communicate with the MRI Technologist at any time if needed.

If you want to learn more about how an MRI Machine works you can visit this website: http://science.howstuffworks.com/mri.htm

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we can scan both adults and most children without the need for sedation or general anaesthetic.

For the best advice and care please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our website.

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Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The sinuses are small, air-filled spaces behind your cheekbones and forehead, and sinusitis is a very common condition that can affect people of any age.

There are four pairs of sinuses in the head, these are: behind the forehead, either side of the bridge of the nose, behind the eyes and behind the cheekbones. They open into the cavity of the nose and help control the temperature and water content of the air reaching the lungs. These channels can become blocked when the sinuses are infected and inflamed, with the sinuses behind the cheekbones (the largest ones) being most commonly affected.

The main symptom of sinusitis is pain, particularly if the condition is severe, and the pain can be in different parts of the face, depending on which of the sinuses are affected. The main areas where pain can be experienced are the forehead, the top of the jaw, teeth and cheeks, between the eyes, the top of the head and in the ears.

Usual symptoms of sinusitis are:

  • a blocked or runny nose
  • facial pain and tenderness
  • a high temperature (fever)
  • a sinus headache – an uncommon type of headache caused by infected sinuses and can be recognised as a dull, throbbing pain in the upper face.
  • loss of sense of smell

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose sinusitis from your symptoms. However if it is severe or recurring sinusitis, your GP may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist who will try to determine the underlying cause. However, around two thirds of people with sinusitis don’t need to see a GP and in most cases the viral infection clears up by itself in about two-and-a-half weeks.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have highly experienced ENT consultant surgeons that can investigate, diagnose and treat a wide range of ear, nose and throat conditions in both adults and children.

If you feel you need advice and help managing an ENT condition or you are yet to be diagnosed but feel you have symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling 020 8942 6555 or visiting our  website.

 

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150g of fruit a day can reduce the chance of suffering a heart attack by 40%

New studies have found that eating a couple of pieces of fruit a day can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 40% compared to eating no fruit at all. However, the maximum benefit in the study came from eating a relatively modest amount every day; around one and a half portions or 150g in weight, which is the equivalent to eating an apple and half a banana. It is thought that the antioxidant effects in fruit and vegetables is what helps the heart to fight harmful naturally occurring chemicals in the body.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term that describes a disease of the heart or blood vessels. There are four main types of cardiovascular disease including; coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease and aortic disease. These diseases are usually caused when blood flow to the heart, brain or body is reduced. Blood clots, also known as thrombosis, or a build-up of fatty deposits inside an artery, can lead to the artery hardening and narrowing (known as atherosclerosis) and can cause this reduction.

The findings were a result of a study of half a million Chinese people whose heart health was tracked for seven years by Oxford University researchers. The current study included 451,681 participants without cardiovascular disease and who were not taking medication for high blood pressure. The survey took place during 2004 and 2008 in 10 urban and rural regions across China where routine consumption of fruit was recorded in five categories: never, monthly, 1-3 days per week, 4-6 days per week, daily.

Over the seven year follow up period there were 19,300 cases of heart disease and 19,689 strokes, including 14,688 ischaemic, in which arteries supplying the brain become blocked, and 3,562 haemorrhagic (bleeding in the brain). The researchers found that 18% of participants consumed fruit daily and 6.3% never consumed any.  Compared to people who never ate fruit, those who ate fruit daily cut their CVD risks by 25-40%.

Lead researcher Dr Huaidong Du of the university’s Clinical Trial Service Unit said: ‘Cardiovascular disease, including ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke, is the leading cause of death worldwide.’ He added: ‘Our data clearly shows that eating fresh fruit can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is very serious and can be life threatening. Most deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are premature and could easily be prevented by making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, regularly exercising, and stopping smoking.

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a large team of cardiology specialists who can offer their expert services and diagnostics for patients with cardiovascular disease and other related issues such as chest pains and suspected disturbance of heart rhythm. Not only can we provide the very best care and treatment, but we also offer screenings and risk assessment for CVD.

To find out more information or to book an appointment with our specialist consultants visit our website, or get in touch by calling: 020 8942 6555.

 

 

 

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MOVEMBER- The Month of Moustaches

 

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Movember is a fun and innovative way of getting men and women together to raise awareness and support for Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer as well as the recent addition of mental health issues. The aim of Movember is aimed more specifically at men, encouraging them to grow a moustache over the 30 day period in November to spark conversation and show their support to the cause. As well signing up to grow a “Mo” during the month, participants are also encouraged to make a donation or host a charity event all of which will further raise awareness and funds in order to help to change the face of men’s health. Although it is unlikely they will be able to develop the same level of facial hair, women can also play their part by donating, hosting charity events or even simply encouraging and talking to a man in their life about men’s health issues.

To find out more about Movember and how you can take part take a look at their webpage: http://uk.movember.com/

Movember focuses on the following three conditions:

Mental Health
Mental health problems among men can often go undetected or untreated. There are many complex reasons for this but can often be attributed to a lack of awareness or unwillingness to share with a professional that there is a problem in the first place.  Men may not be able to recognise or confidently understand the signs and symptoms that they experience meaning they are not willing to openly admit to any vulnerabilities or expressing emotion. However, men are not alone in what they are experiencing and Movember is there to help men understand and speak out about their emotions.

Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 and 49 and the most common symptom is a painless lump or swelling in the testicles however there are other symptoms such as:

  • Change in the size and shape of the testicles
  • Aches or pain in the lower abdomen or groin
  • A sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breast tissue

Testicular cancer is a highly treatable type of cancer with a very good cure rate (about 96%) if found and treated early. Whilst the current treatment of the disease is highly successful, there is still a need to do more to improve the quality of men’s lives following a course of treatment.

Regular self-examination of the testicles is very important for young men, particularly those more at risk of testicular cancer due to a genetic link to someone who has also suffered from the disease. Being familiar with the size, shape and texture of internal blood vessels can help you determine if something is not quite right. A regular self-examination can help a man find any changes in the testes early, so that if treatment is needed it can start as early as possible.

Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in older men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years however it is only when it is really advanced and has spread throughout the prostate and beyond that urinary symptoms will start to occur such as:

  • Urinary issues (slow flow, hesitancy, frequency, urgency)
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Reduced ability to get an erection
  • Painful ejaculation

It is important to get tested to detect prostate cancer at its earliest stages, before the disease progresses. There are currently two common tests available for initial detection:

  • Physical Examination (DRE: Digital Rectal Exam)
  • Blood Test (PSA: Prostate Specific Antigen)

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre we provide a variety of services including health screenings and a team of Urology specialists who can offer their expert services and diagnostics for both male and female patients.

To find out more information or to book an appointment with our specialist consultants visit our website, or get in touch by calling through to the centre itself on 020 8942 6555.

 

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