Patrick Atherton is a fit and healthy 37-year-old athlete who regularly participates in extreme endurance sports like IRONMAN. While we all admire people with this discipline, dedication, and athletic ability, what makes Pat’s accomplishments even more admirable is that in August 2019, he was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumour. Doctors indicated that his… Continue reading Success Stories – Interview with Pat Atherton
It’s difficult to deal with the agony and uncertainty of cancer. It may be close to impossible if you don’t have health insurance or medical aid. The rising prices of medical treatment cause financial stress which might obstruct a patient’s recuperation. Each year, an increasing number of people are diagnosed with cancer. More than ever,… Continue reading The cost of cancer is so much more than physical illness
Searching for help at a time when your world feels like it’s falling apart is difficult on its own but that hopelessness can only be exacerbated when treatment for a potentially fatal disease is withheld because of failing government medical facilities. For these reasons, as South Africans, we should adopt the mentality of “plan for… Continue reading South Africans without private medical access could wait up to five years for cancer treatment
Children and adolescents can benefit from regular physical exercise by improving cardio fitness, building strong bones and muscles, controlling weight, reducing anxiety and depression symptoms, and lowering their chance of developing health problems including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 should engage in 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous… Continue reading Why kids should be active and exercise more
The high rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and poor reproductive and sexual health in the South African population is directly linked to an alarming increase in the diagnosis of certain types of cancer. Cervical cancer, for instance, which is caused by specific strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), is a major public health concern… Continue reading How STIs Have Alarmingly Increased Cancer Cases in South Africa
There is often a fear and anxiety associated with getting tested for cancer. The fact is, however, that if there is a danger present, ignoring it is the absolute worst thing you can do while getting tested will bring peace of mind, or at worst, aid in early detection and treatment. We need to normalise… Continue reading When should I get tested for cancer?
Vaccines are medicines that help the body fight disease by teaching the immune system to find and destroy harmful germs and cells. Many people are vaccinated against common diseases throughout their lives. There are vaccines that prevent cancer and vaccines that treat cancer. HPV statistics: Cervical cancer is reported to be found in more South… Continue reading Available vaccines to prevent cancer
Knowing what contraceptives to use and what could cause cancer and/or any other illness has become a concern to women over the years. If you are using contraceptives for the first time or looking into a replacement method, it’s a good idea to make time for a full consultation. Types of birth control: Short-acting Birth… Continue reading Does birth control increase cancer risk in women?
One of the foremost contentious health debates within the history of public health is raging among smokers and former smokers who use vapour technology, government regulators who like cigarette sales, and also the powerful pharmaceutical industry. About e-cigarettes and vaping A general presumption is that because e-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco they are marketed as containing… Continue reading Does vaping instead of smoking lower your risk of getting cancer?
A cancer diagnosis is usually linked to family history, lifestyle choices, or something within the environment. And while you can’t control your case history or your whole environment, healthy lifestyle habits like a decent diet, regular physical activity, weight control, and quitting smoking (if you’re liable to lighting up) are all within your control. … Continue reading Common types of cancer found in women