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FREE HPV vaccine for Boys and young men
There has been an awareness campaign by the government recently about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and an increased funding for its vaccines (called Gardasil) for both boys and girls. So let’s learn about it.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand. Our skin cancer rates are among the highest in the world. In fact, the incidence of melanoma in New Zealand and Australia is four times higher than in Canada, the US and the UK....
Prostate cancer is the most common cacner in New Zealand men. Some are slow growing and will never cause problems. Other grow quickly and spread. If caught early, prostate cancer can be managed well and can usually be cured.
Today in New Zealand 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The number one cancer amongst women, everyone will be impacted somehow with breast cancer – a colleague, a friend, a family member or you. If it seems more common, it is a true phenomenon.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is one of the most common medical conditions. Whilst, it is not a disease in itself, it is a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and dementia. Lifestyle changes including stress management, salt reduction, weight control and a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables greatly help, but many people require medication to control their blood pressure.
Hepatitis is often mentioned in the media. Hepatitis is a cluster of diseases characterised by inflammation of the liver. This large organ performs many essential functions in the human body, including filtering the blood, making proteins and hormones, storing vitamins and detoxifying the body. Alcohol, obesity, certain medications and chemical injury can cause a noninfectious hepatitis resulting in poor liver function. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C- three unrelated viruses.
Shingles is the condition when someone who has had chickenpox gets a similar rash on one side of the person’s body. It is due to the Varicella Zoster virus which travels down a nerve and presents with small vesicles/blisters along the skin area the nerve supplies.