Most people know that smoking causes lung cancer, respiratory problems and heart disease. The link between excessive alcohol consumption and liver disease is also generally appreciated. However, probably one of the greatest challenges facing modern medicine is the dramatic rise in obesity.
Obesity not only puts a greater strain on your body in general, but it is primarily the cause of type II diabetes which in itself is a leading, preventable cause of heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. It is also becoming apparent that obesity is linked to numerous cancers including those of the breast and bowel.
Whether you are a man or a woman, some simple lifestyle changes can significantly increase your chances of continuing to live a healthy life:
- Stop smoking
- Only drink within sensible limits
- Have a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight
- Take regular exercise
Guernsey is a fantastic place to start implementing healthy living and there are a number of resources to help you. Just taking a regular walk can make a big difference and getting the whole family involved can make it far more enjoyable. Geocaching is an international treasure hunt using smart phones, and there are hundreds of walks alone within the Bailiwick.
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer affects 1 in 9 women. Regular self-examination can help to detect cancers early. Between the ages of 50 to 75, women in Guernsey are invited to have a mammogram every 2 years. For further information on the States of Guernsey website please click here.
Cervical cancer screening
Cervical cancer is linked to the human papillomavirus. In Guernsey all women between the ages of 25 to 65 and have been sexually active are advised to have a cervical smear every 3-5 years. For further information please click here.
If you have any concerns about your health then you should book to see a doctor. There are female doctors at all of our units and should you feel free to book directly to see one of them to discuss your problems.
The following doctors have a particular interest in women’s health and the menopause: