Now that another wonderful Australian summer has drawn to an end, it’s the perfect time to consider having a skin cancer check at Newtown Medical Centre.
Why Should You Get a Skin Cancer Check?
Melanoma currently makes up 20% of cancer cases in young Australians aged between 20 and 39 years old. Every day four people in Australia die from Melanoma. Although these statistics are alarming, Melanoma is preventable, and when detected early on, curable.
What Happens at a Skin Cancer Check?
During your appointment, the doctor will go over your medical history with you to establish your skin cancer risk. Let your doctor know if you have any moles or spots of particular concern. A full body skin check will be performed using a magnifying tool called a dermoscope. At the completion of the full body check, your doctor will discuss your findings and whether any follow up is required. The doctor will also chat to you about skin cancer prevention measures that you can take to help reduce your chances of developing skin cancer.
For those living with coeliac disease, being gluten-free is more than just a nod to the latest health food fad. Steering clear of foods that contain gluten isn’t just a lifestyle option; it’s the only medical treatment for coeliac disease, and the only way to avoid a wide range of debilitating medical symptoms that are caused by consuming gluten.
We can’t stop the clock and avoid getting older, but we can help to ensure our bodies are in the best condition possible. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle as we age can help strengthen muscles and bones, as well as reduce symptoms from arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and even depression.
The Easter long weekend is fast approaching and Newtown Medical Centre's business hours will differ during the Easter period. We will be closed on both of the Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays but will open on Saturday 15th April for our standard business hours of 9am to 11am. As per normal, we will be closed on Sunday 16th April.
For non-emergency medical assistance while we are closed, get in touch with the National Home Doctor Service on 13SICK. This service is bulk billed. If you require emergency medical assistance, please dial 000.
Newtown Medical Centre wishes all of our patients and staff a safe and relaxing Easter break.
We’d like to give a warm welcome to Kendall, who joins us here at Newtown Medical Centre after spending the last 3 years working with the Western Bulldogs VFL team as their Team Doctor. Kendall is originally from rural WA and completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Western Australia in 2011.
Influenza, or “the flu”, is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and which in severe cases, can require hospitalisation. Each year, an influenza vaccine is available to the public, and it’s recommended that you get your flu shot in autumn each year. This allows time for your immunity to strengthen before the flu season commences in winter.
General Practitioners, or GPs, are qualified medical doctors who provide preventative care and health education to patients, as well as treat acute and chronic illnesses. GPs don’t specialise in a particular field of medicine, such as cardiology, neurology or paediatrics. GPs do, however, have a broad knowledge of general health and medicine and can provide routine health care to the local community such as:
Blood pressure is the amount of force that the blood puts onto blood vessel walls when the heart muscle contract and relax. Blood pressure is the measurement of pressure in the arteries, which are the vessels that move blood flow to and from the heart. How quickly the arteries respond to the blood flow determines blood pressure.
Why is Low Blood Pressure dangerous?
Low blood pressure affects the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to vital organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. If these organs receive inadequate blood flow, they face an increased risk of permanent damage.