Smith Street Medical Centre
&
Skin Cancer Clinic

28 Smith Street, Charlestown

New South Wales, 2290

Smith Street Medical Centre & Skin Cancer Clinic

28 Smith Street, Charlestown

New South Wales, 2290

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri8.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday8.00am - 12.30pm
SundayClosed
 
After Hours GP services available
After Hours Phone: 1300 130 147

Book an appointment online

or

Phone (02) 4943 3066

Men’s Health

Skin Checks and treatment, Skin Cancer Clinic


Skin cancers are very common in Australia, mainly as a result of our climate and our love of spending time in the sun, along with the fact that many of us have fair skin.

The three major types of skin cancer are:       

Basal cell carcinoma: the most common form of skin cancer and begins in the epidermis (outer layer of skin
Squamous cell carcinoma: the second most commonn type of skin cancer, also begins in the epidermis
Melanoma: the most serious skin cancer, which begins in the skin cells called melanocytes that produce skin colour (meklanin).

Early detection is an important step in the management of skin cancers and their associated risk.

Regular self-checks of your skin and noting any irregularities and changes in skin pigmentations and moles promotes early detection.

Visiting your GP and having an annual skin check is recommended. Skin cancers are found on the areas of our body that are not exposed to the sun and these may not be detected when self-checking.

All of our GPs perform skin cancer checks and we have a Skin Cancer Clinic here where the doctors remove skin cancers that do not need to be referred to a plastic surgeon for removal.

Asthma Action Plans


                  WHAT IS ASTHMA?
                                                                 
Asthma is a condition of the airways. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma.  this makes it harder for them to breathe.
 
Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
Airways diagram - large
  • The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation)
  • Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways
  • Muscles around the airways squeeze tight. This is called ‘bronchoconstriction’
     
One in ten people in Australia has asthma - that's over two million people!
Asthma affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older.

What should I do if I think I have asthma?
If you suspect you might have asthma, you should see your doctor for a professional diagnosis. The good news is that most people can control their asthma with medicatons and lead a normal life. Once your asthma is well controlled you should experience only occasional symptoms, and asthma attacks (or flare-ups) should be rare.

Note: If asthma is left untreated the long term inflammation of the airway can cause permanent damage to the airway. This can lead to Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD) so it’s important to see your doctor if you have any concerns.
              
 Asthma Action Plan
 All asthmatics should have regular check-ups with their General Practitioner make an appointment online and have an Asthma Action Plan done so that they can manage their asthma and help to prevent having asthma attacks.

These plans let you know what to do when you are feeling well, what to do when you are feeling unwell such as when you have a cold, and what to do when you are having an asthma attack.

 It is important to have these check-ups even when you have not had an asthma attack for a long time as you are still at risk of having an attack and need to check that the medication you are taking (or not taking) is still appropriate for you. 
 
Asthma Australia

Well Men Checks


Men should have regular health checks. See your doctor for regular medical check-ups to help you stay healthy and to pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers can often be picked up in their early stages, when treatment may be more successful.

When you have a health check, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle. Your diet, weight, how much you exercise and whether or not you smoke will also be discussed.

If you have high-risk factors, such as a family history of a disease, it may be more likely that you will develop a particular disease. Regular check-ups may help your doctor pick up early warning signs. For example, high blood pressure may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease.

Phone reception to book in with your doctor for a mens health check.
Smith St Medical Centre
Better Health

Prostate Checks


There are four main disorders of the prostate. All can have similar symptoms, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Waking frequently at night to urinate
  • Sudden or urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty in starting to urinate
  • Slow flow of urine and difficulty in stopping
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Decrease in libido (sex urge)

Most men tend to accept the onset of one or more of these symptoms as being a natural consequence of ageing. However, anyone experiencing any of the above symptoms is advised to consult a doctor without delay. Early expert diagnosis and treatment is important and may avert potentially serious health consequences.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

I
PPS, International Prostate Symptom Score
 

Over the past month, how often have you...Not at allLess than 1 time in 5Less than half the timeAbout half the timeMore than half the timeAlmost alwaysYOUR SCORE
1...had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?012345 
2...had to urinate again less than two hours after you finished urinating?012345 
3...stopped and started again several times when you urinated?012345 
4...found it difficult to postpone urination?012345 
5...had a weak urinary stream?012345 
6.had to push or strain to begin urination?012345 
7 Over the past month, how many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until time you got up in the morning?None
 
 
   0
 
Once


   1
Twice


    2
3
times

    3
4 times
 
 4
5 or more times
    5
 
      TOTAL 

To find out your IPPS score, combine the sum of your answer for questions 1 - 7.

a score of 0 - 7 indicates mild symptoms, 8 - 19 Indicates moderate symptoms, 20 - 35 Indicates severe symptoms.


QUALITY OF LIFE DUE TO URINARY SYMPTOMS
If you were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition the way it is now, how would you feel about that?
DelightedPleasedMostly satisfiedMixed - about equally satisfied & dissatisfiedMostly dissatisfiedUnhappyTerrible
0123456
 

If you notice worsening in symptoms, please consult your doctor.