JULY 2018 CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, one person is diagnosed every 10 minutes.
1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
There are three main risk factors of breast cancer:-
- being a woman - over 99% of new cases of breast cancer are in women
- getting older - more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Most men, who get breast cancer, are over 60.
- Significant family history - this isn't common, around 5% of people diagnose with breast cancer have inherited a fault BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
Most breast changes will not be cancer - but you need to tell your doctor as soon as you notice any changes to your breasts to be sure.
When your GP examines your breasts they may feel that there is no need for further investigation, they may ask to see you again after a short time or they may refer you to a breast clinic. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have breast cancer, just that further tests are needed to find out what is going on.
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Be Clear on Cancer - Bladder / Kidney Cancer Awareness
Public Health England will be launching a national campaign for Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ from 19th July to 23rd September 2018. This campaign aims to raise public awareness of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer.
Be Clear on Cancer aims to help improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP without delay.
Around 8,000 people die from bladder or kidney cancer in England each year. 84% of those diagnosed with bladder cancer at the earliest stage (Stage 1) will live for at least five years. At a late stage (Stage 4), this drops to 10% and 9% respectively.
If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's 'just the once', tell your doctor. Finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
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Dr. Holt Relocation
Dr. Holt will sadly be leaving the practice on the 31st March 2018 as she is relocating with her family to the coast. We will all miss her at the practice but wish her and her family the very best of luck on their relocation.
Dr. Holt wanted to write a personal message to her patients, which is detailed below:-
I thought I should let you know that I will be leaving Bedwell Medical Centre sometime in the summer of 2018.
My husband (who is also a GP in Hitchin) has reached retirement age and has decided to stop working. Our family is grown and will have left home, so we are taking the opportunity to move closer to the coast and start a new chapter in our lives.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all and I have greatly enjoyed my time here. I will miss you a great deal.
One final favour. I would ask that people please do not use appointment time to reminisce or say goodbye. I struggle to run to time dealing with the medical problems brought in by patients within the 10 minute time slots that I have. It is not unusual for me to run late. Adding in extra delay, however well-meant, is not fair to the people with appointments booked later on in the surgery.
Instead I have put a book behind reception at Bedwell Medical Centre. If you have a message or a goodbye you wish to leave for me please ask a member of the reception team at Bedwell and they will find the book so you can write it down for me.
If you are at Roebuck surgery and can't get to Bedwell the reception team at Roebuck have some sticky labels that you can write on, which can be stuck into the book later on.
I wish you all the very best for the future. I have met some of the strongest and most courageous people I have ever known working here. Keep up the good work!
Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Hub Support Groups and
Peer Led Groups
Carers in Herts now have 13 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.
The hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.
In addition to the Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey.
There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.
You can find out more about Hubs in the Carers in Herts new 2017 video 'An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmsjNOw-ins There is also a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBD1Fd6Aq04, which they have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like.
For further information about the groups, venues, dates etc, please click on the link below:-
If you are interested in trying out any of the groups, please either email email@example.com or telephone 01992 586969 and let them know which group you are interested in attending. Carers in Herts will then contact the carer contact for the group who will be able to confirm timings, dates and venues with you - as occasionally these may have to change.
The Stevenage Ostomistics host a group meeting for people who have a stoma. These meetings take place on a monthly basis at the Oval Community Centre between 10.30am-12.30pm
For further information regarding these meetings, please contact Judy Colston on 01438 354018