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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. The ovaries are a pair of small organs located low in the tummy that are connected to the womb and store a woman’s supply of eggs.

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Symptoms of ovarian cancer

  • Feeling constantly bloated
  • A swollen tummy
  • Discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
  • Feeling full quickly when eating

Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50) but it can sometimes affect younger women. Check out this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ovarian-cancer/) to learn more about the treatment for ovarian cancer, the causes of ovarian cancer etc.

 

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Sickle Cell Awareness

Sickle cell is a disorder of the haemoglobin in the red blood cells. Haemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that is responsible for the colour of the cell and for carrying oxygen around the body. 


People with sickle cell disorder are born with the condition, it is not contagious. It can only be inherited from both parents each having passed on the gene for sickle cell. The main symptoms of sickle cell disorder are anaemia and episodes of severe pain. The pain occurs when the cells change shape after oxygen has been released. The red blood cells then stick together, causing blockages in the small blood vessels. These painful episodes are referred to as Sickle Cell crisis. They are treated with strong painkillers such as morphine to control the pain.

Sickle Cell Trait is when you are born with sickle cell trait. It is inherited when only one of your parents has passed on the sickle gene and will never develop in to sickle cell disorder. You do not have symptoms from sickle cell trait, so it is a good idea to have a blood test to see if you have sickle cell trait. Most people who have sickle cell trait are healthy. However, anaesthetics can cause problems. If you have sickle cell trait, always notify your dentist and doctor before treatment commences to be on the safe side.

SCD mainly affects people of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and Asian origin. If you want to know about your sickle cell status, you can ask your doctor for a blood test.

Check out this link (https://www.sicklecellsociety.org/about-sickle-cell/) to learn more about Sickle Cell.

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Colostrum

Since it’s the breast-feeding awareness month. I will like to talk about Colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk your breasts produce in the few days following birth. It is thick and golden-yellow in colour. Colostrum is very concentrated and full of vitamins and antibodies. All of this helps your baby grow and fight off infections. Colostrum is so special. This perfect first food contains essential nutritional components that really help prime your baby for a healthy life. For the first few days after birth, your body will produce only colostrum, later switching over to regular breast milk.

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If you want to find out more useful resources on breastfeeding, visit (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/breastfeeding-first-days/)

 

 

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) grows outside your uterus. It is a chronic and debilitating condition that causes painful or heavy periods.

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Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a woman’s life in a number of ways including;

  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Painful periods

Endometriosis can affect all women and girls of a child-bearing age. Check out this link (https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/) to learn more about Endometriosis.

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Fibroid

Fibroid is a benign tumour of muscular and fibrous tissues, typically developing in the wall of the uterus.

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Many women are unaware they have fibroids because they don’t have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms (around 1 in 3) may experience:

  • Heavy periods or painful periods
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Constipation
  • Pain or discomfort during sex
  • A frequent need to urinate

Check out this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fibroids/) to read more on why fibroids develop, who gets fibroids, the types of fibroids and a lot more.