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Healthcare

Women’s Health

 

This section outlines health issues associated with women aside from pregnancy and birth. For more information on the latter, please visit our pregnancy and birth section

 

  • Interview with Health Clinic Director David Donaldson

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    "123 women a day will be diagnosed with cancer and 8 out of 10 of these will survive. It is worth noting that Spain has been recently voted no 1 out of 27 EU countries for its diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer" (DD, Sep 2010)

    Click here to read the full interview with David Donaldson on cervical smears,mammagrams and prostrate cancer screening

  • Interview with the Stop Smoking Doctor Dr Alice Byram

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    "Children who are exposed to smoke are more prone to asthma, ear nose and throat infections. Higher rates of cot deaths are also recorded in smoky homes. Now there is talk of third hand smoke exposure which suggests that the residues of smoke on clothes and walls may also be toxic. Just think of the yellowing walls of a smoker´s living room. So saying you only smoke on the balcony is not valid. That goes for smoking in cars too, a recent study showed that the message about having smoke-free cars isn´t getting through. Something else parents often don´t think about is that children in a smoky home do less well at reading and reasoning skills compared to children in smoke-free homes, even at low levels of smoke exposure. And of course, every parent knows children do as they see and not as they are told, children of smokers grow up to become smokers themselves" (AB, June 2011)

    Click here to read the full interview with Dr Byram

  • Prevention can save your life

    The breasts are the symbol of a woman’s femininity, a crucial part of her sexuality and a bond between mother and child during maternity. But breasts are also the female organs that generate the highest incidence of cancer among women. Hence our interest in making it widely known that early detection is the only way to achieve the highest number of cures using the least aggressive treatments.

    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to read more about preventing breast cancer

  • Breast cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in nine. Each year there are approximately 41,000 new diagnoses. The incidence of breast cancer for men is on the increase too with approximately 300 new cases diagnosed yearly (in the UK). It has been shown that early detection of breast cancer can improve the outcome. Survival rates from breast cancer have improved partly in recent years due to early presentation and from individuals being breast aware.

    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to read more about breast cancer awareness

  • Cervical screening

    • A Cervical Smear test is an important part of maintaining health for all women who have ever been sexually active. Some women may find the smear test uncomfortable or embarrassing and so may put off having one.

    • This examination only takes a few minutes and could save your life.

    • Annual smear tests reduce your risk of Cervical Cancer by 92%

    • In the UK alone it is estimated to save 1000 lives each year

    • 80-90% of abnormalities are detected through regular smear tests, and can be treated early to Prevent Cancer

    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to read more about cervical screening

  • Varicose Veins


    We have all seen them, we all hope we don’t get them, but unfortunately varicose leg veins are a common problem which affects a high proportion of people. Varicose veins are more common in women than in men and related factors include pregnancy, obesity, menopause, prolonged standing, leg injury and abdominal straining (constipation, prostate enlargement or excessive lifting!). There also seems to be an inherited component to the development of varicose veins, which results in some young people developing the condition, however the prevalence increases with age.

    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to find out more about the prevention and cure of varicose veins

  • Migraines

    For most people, a headache happens occasionally and can be quickly cured with something to eat, a short rest or a couple of painkillers.
    Most headaches are harmless and can be relieved with self-help measures and pharmacy painkillers. Only a few (around 5%) are a sign that something is seriously wrong. These more serious headaches are often accompanied by other warning signs. For example, a headache accompanied by a rash and a very high temperature could be meningitis.
    Get medical advice urgently if your headache occurs suddenly and severely, especially after a blow to the head, or if its accompanied by a fever or feelings of drowsiness.

    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to read more about preventing & treating migraines

  • Moles & skin cancer


    Principally almost everybody has the posibility to develop a darker pigmentation to the skin , we get tanned after being in the sun, some more than others, this is related to our skin type.The skin pigmentation is our natural sun protection.: The melanocytes, staying upon the basalmembran get stimulated by the UV-A and UV-B radiation, they produce more melanin ( which is the colour) and whith their "tentacles " they are able to divide the melanin to the surrounding epidermal cells. The melanin is placed right above the nucleus and it works like a parasol, trying to avoid damages of the DNA.

    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to find out more on moles and skin cancer

  • Feng Shui

    Feng Shui, put simply, is the practice of placing or arranging objects within a space to create a sense of harmony and balance for the occupants.
    To come to an understanding of feng shui it is necessary to have at least a basic awareness of ‘chi’ . In traditional Chinese thinking chi is the Universal force or cosmic breath that all things are thought to possess. It is usually translated as energy but, unlike the energy of physics, chi moves and flows more like water.


    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to read more about Feng Shui

  • Health and the internet

    "It’s been said that 70 to 80 percent of healthcare is self-care. But when healthcare turns to medical care—when disease arrives—it requires information most of us don’t have. Today, ordinary people can find information online that they could never reach before. So smart web users are increasingly becoming e-patients: empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled"


    The following article has been provided by Medilink, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health.

    Click here to find out more about health and the internet