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
Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
- 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’
What should I do if I think I have asthma?
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.
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.
Well Men Checks
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
There are four main disorders of the prostate. All can have similar symptoms, which may include one or more of the following:
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
IPPS, International Prostate Symptom Score
|Over the past month, how often have you...||Not at all||Less than 1 time in 5||Less than half the time||About half the time||More than half the time||Almost always||YOUR SCORE|
|1...had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|2...had to urinate again less than two hours after you finished urinating?||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|3...stopped and started again several times when you urinated?||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|4...found it difficult to postpone urination?||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|5...had a weak urinary stream?||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|6.had to push or strain to begin urination?||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|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|
|5 or more times|
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?
|Delighted||Pleased||Mostly satisfied||Mixed - about equally satisfied & dissatisfied||Mostly dissatisfied||Unhappy||Terrible|
If you notice worsening in symptoms, please consult your doctor.