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Diabetes Pascoe Vale Melbourne

Diabetes – are you at risk?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious and complex condition which can affect the entire body. When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood.

There are three main types of diabetes:

Diabetes is increasing

All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence; type 2 diabetes is increasing at the fastest rate.

The combination of big changes to diet and the food supply, combined with big changes to physical activity with more sedentary work and less activity, means most populations are seeing more type 2 diabetes.

Genes also play a part with higher risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese, South Asian, Indian, Pacific Islander and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, symptoms are often sudden and can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is usually diagnosed quite quickly.

In type 2 diabetes, many people have no symptoms at all, while other signs can go unnoticed being seen as part of ‘getting older’. Therefore, by the time symptoms are noticed, complications of diabetes may already be present.

Common symptoms include:

  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss (type 1)
  • Gradually putting on weight (type 2)
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps.

Do the self-assessment now

To find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next five years, answer the quick questions on the Diabetes Australia calculator.

If you have any queries, or you need further support regarding diabetes, please chat with one of our friendly doctors.

 

 

Source: Diabetes Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Know how to read food labels

Reading food labels – a quick guide

When it comes to healthy eating, it’s best to include as many unpackaged, wholefood options as possible.

However, if you know what to look for, you can find equally nutritious and convenient options in the supermarket. The trick is learning how to read food labels!

Here are a few quick tips to help you make smarter choices, and avoid unnecessary saturated fat, salt, sugars and kilojoules (or calories).

Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)

One of the first things people turn to when assessing the quality of a food product is the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP).

Various institutions, such as Baker IDI, the Heart Foundation and the Dietitians Association of Australia have developed healthy criteria for NIPs, and these are:

  • Saturated fat: <2g/100g as best choice, or less than 30% of the total fat content per 100g (i.e. in a product with 10g/100g total fat, aim for <3g/100g saturated fat)
  • Sugars: <15g/100g as best choice, or <20g/100g if the food product contains fruit as a primary ingredient (i.e. an untoasted muesli, raw food bars).
  • Sodium: <120mg/100g best choice, and <400mg/100g as acceptable choice (i.e. for breads, crackers, tinned soups)
  • Fibre: >5g/100g, only applicable to grain products such as bread, cereal, crackers, pasta, grains.
  • Kilojoules/Calories: Aim for <600kJ or <150cal per serve for snacks (i.e. yogurts, muesli bars), and <2,000kj or <450 calories serve for ready meals (i.e. frozen meals).

Once you have compared a food product to the above criteria, you can also use the NIP to compare this product to similar products.

Opt for the product containing less saturated fat, sodium (salt), sugars and kilojoules, and more fibre.

Use the per serve column to compare items in single-serve packaging (i.e. single yoghurts or muesli bars), and the per 100g column to compare items without single serve packaging (i.e. cereals, table spreads).

Often products will meet some, but not all, health criteria. Either continue looking for other options or choose the closest match.

For more food label tips, head over to The Nutrition Code.

Make a booking with our in-house dietitian

Make a booking today to see our resident dietitian, Samantha Stuk. You can do this online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs. © The Nutrition Code.

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Bowel cancer awareness

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer, is cancer in any part of the colon or rectum. Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

Common symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • A recent, persistent change in bowel habit
  • A change in shape or appearance of bowel movements
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Frequent gas pain, cramps
  • A feeling that the bowel has not emptied completely after a bowel movement
  • Unexplained anaemia or low iron levels
  • Rectal/anal pain or a lump in the rectum/anus
  • Abdominal pain or swelling.

Not everyone experiences symptoms, particularly in the early stages of bowel cancer. The above symptoms may be suggestive of bowel cancer, but they can also be due to other medical conditions, some foods or medicines.

Don’t delay in talking to your GP at PVH Medical if you are experiencing any of the described symptoms for two weeks or more. When diagnosed early 90% of cases can be successfully treated.

In particular, blood in the stool or rectal bleeding should never be ignored.

Celebrating Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June. It aims to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.

A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 20 June 2018), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin) and apple-themed fundraising activities.

You can also help fight this disease by spreading the word or making a donation.

There is also a free bowel cancer app that you can download from your app store. It provides easy access to accurate information about bowel cancer, its prevention, diagnosis and management.

Got questions or concerns? We can help

If you have any questions about bowel cancer, or any symptoms, we can help. The sooner you see us the better.

Make a booking today with one of our friendly doctors. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: Bowel Cancer Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Physio Pascoe Vale

Welcome to our new physiotherapist

We’re pleased to welcome our new physiotherapist, Naveena Seethapathy.

She starts at our practice on 18 June.

A bit about Naveena

For Naveena, physiotherapy has been a career where she has found her calling to help those injured or in pain all over the world.

Naveena’s hands-on approach to acute care enables expert assessment and treatment to commence straight away. Her strong multidisciplinary focus for holistic care engages patients and other team members to achieve their health goals.

Naveena Seethapathy is a physiotherapist in Pascoe Vale

Naveena Seethapathy

Naveena has a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. She has experience practising in Australia, USA and India – always carried out with a friendly smile!

When not providing high-quality care, Naveena enjoys family time with her two boys and getting to know her new community in Pascoe Vale.

How physiotherapy can help you

Physiotherapy can improve your function and well-being, regardless of your age. Acute back and neck pain, sports injuries and muscular problems can all be addressed.

At PVH Medical, you will experience a comprehensive holistic assessment and an individually tailored treatment program for your specific needs.

Make a booking with Naveena

Secure your spot and make a booking with Naveena today. Simply call our Reception team on 9304 0500.

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Men's health in Pascoe Vale

Celebrating Men’s Health Week

We’re celebrating Men’s Health Week, which runs from 11 June to 17 June this year.

In Australia, Men’s Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men’s health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs every June.

Why is Australian male health in need of attention?

Good question! The health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males:

  • die at every life stage
  • have accidents
  • take their own lives, and
  • suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Men don’t see their GP as much as women do

There is a perception that men don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively. We want to change that perception.

Some ways to improve men’s health outcomes

  • Be active in getting medical help if you don’t feel well, have a problem that won’t go away or notice unusual symptoms.
  • It’s ok to seek help – don’t try to do everything on your own or bury problems. Talk to your partner, friends and workmates.
  • Push hard to get the help you need to manage your life, work, family and financial needs.
  • Ladies, be proactive in helping your men and boys get the help they and you need. Speak with professionals (like PVH Medical) to get the best course of action.
  • Don’t leave it too late to seek help. Fear is not a killer.

More information about Men’s Health Week

Check out the Men’s Health Week website for more information and to register for an event in your community.

If you’re a bloke, make an appointment to see us!

Please make an appointment to come and see us. We’re open until 9 pm every weeknight and 5 pm Saturday so there’s really no excuse!

 

Source: Men’s Health Week

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Strong to the Bone program at PVH Medical

Introducing ‘Strong to the Bone’

Strong to the Bone is an evidence-based group exercise intervention delivered by our experienced exercise physiologist, Mike Fitzsimon.

The program focuses on four key areas to improve your bone density and quality of life:

Balance

Reduce the risk of fall related fractures by improving your balance and coordination.

Strength

Perform safe and effective weight-bearing and resistance exercises to increase bone density and muscle strength.

Stability

Learn how to protect your body from compression and overuse injuries.

Mobility

Increase your movement capacity by exercises that reduce tension and pain.

Exercise physiology in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne.

Exercise physiologist Mike Fitzsimon runs the Strong to the Bone program.

Strong to the Bone can help you fight osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the density and quality of bone. This causes a weakness of the skeleton and an increased risk of fracture.

In Australia:

  • 1 in 3 women are affected by the disease
  • 1 in 2 women over age 60 who suffer from osteoporosis will fracture a bone
  • Osteoporosis is one of the most common causes for women over 45 years being admitted to hospital.

Strong to the Bone can help fight osteoporosis

Strong to the Bone can help fight osteoporosis.

Like our muscles, bones are living and growing tissue. Strong to the Bone uses resistance and weight-bearing exercises to nourish your bones, enabling you to be stronger and more active.

Get the help you need

Contact our friendly Reception team today on 9304 0500 to start your journey towards stronger, healthier bones.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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PVH Medical can help you navigate your way through macular disease

Are you at risk of macular disease?

Macular degeneration is the name given to a group of chronic, degenerative retinal eye diseases that cause progressive loss of central vision, leaving the peripheral or side vision intact.

It affects the ability to read, drive, recognise faces and perform activities that require detailed vision. Also known as age-related macular degeneration, it’s the leading cause of legal blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. It’s responsible for 50% of all cases of blindness.

Macular degeneration is usually related to ageing and most frequently affects people over 50.

Are you at risk?

Macular degeneration is caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include age, family history and smoking.

Age

People over the age of 50 are at risk of macular degeneration. In fact, one in seven Australians over 50 – or 1.29 million people – has some evidence of this disease.

Family history

People with a direct family history of macular degeneration have a 50% chance of developing the disease. Because at least 70% of cases of macular degeneration have a genetic link, it is critical that people with macular degeneration inform their siblings and children that they have been diagnosed with the disease.

Direct family members should have their eyes tested, their macula checked and follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations of Macular Disease Foundation Australia.

Smoking

Studies have shown that people who smoke are three to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration. Smokers may also develop the disease five to ten years earlier than non-smokers.

Steps to reduce your risk of macular disease

Knowledge is power in the defence against macular disease, so it’s imperative that you know what you can do to minimise your risk.

There are some steps that can reduce the risk of macular disease. These include:

  • Regularly have a comprehensive eye test and ask about your macula
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Maintain an eye-healthy diet and lifestyle.

The team at PVH Medical can help you navigate your way through this disease, including quitting smoking. Simply make a booking online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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See a doctor in Pascoe Vale if you think you have IBD

Understanding Crohn’s and colitis

Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are lifelong gastrointestinal disorders that commonly present themselves in children, adolescents and adults.

Collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the conditions are an emerging global disease, with Australia having one of the highest prevalence in the world. More than 80,000 Australians live with these conditions, with numbers expected to increase to more than 100,000 by 2022.

What are the symptoms?

Typical symptoms include the frequent and urgent need to use the toilet, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss. This can often result in depression, anxiety and isolation in sufferers.

The conditions are becoming more prevalent, more severe and more complex and are being diagnosed in more and more young patients.

What causes it?

No one knows for certain yet what causes IBD but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental and immunological factors.

Exposure to environmental triggers – possibly viruses, bacteria and/or proteins – prompts the immune system to switch on its normal defence mechanism (inflammation) against a foreign substance.

Prolonged inflammation eventually damages the walls of the gastrointestinal tract and causes the symptoms of IBD.

What treatment is available?

IBD cannot be cured as yet but it can be managed effectively, especially with the use of medications and specialist care to control the abnormal inflammatory response, aiming to help reduce the frequency of flare-ups and maintain remission.

Raising awareness for Crohn’s and colitis

May is Crohn’s and colitis awareness month. It’s an annual campaign held in Australia to raise awareness about the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Throughout May, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) will help raise awareness of IBD, encouraging Australians diagnosed with IBD to join a conversation about the challenges of this invisible disease.

Go purple on World IBD Day

Saturday May 19 is World IBD Day, a day dedicated for raising awareness for inflammatory bowel disease across the world.

You can show your support for those living with IBD on this special day. All you have to do is wear something purple – it could be a wig or simply a purple ribbon. It’s all about starting the conversation about Crohn’s and colitis, and having fun while you do it.

Are you suffering from IBD?

If you have any concerns, our team of doctors can help you. Don’t suffer in silence – make an appointment today. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: CCA

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Flu shot Pascoe Vale

Winter is coming. Get your flu shot.

Influenza, known as the flu, can be a very serious disease.

Last year, Australia suffered from the worst flu season since 2009.

The high level of activity in the community resulted in a lot of people taking time off work. There was a significant burden on hospitals, with more than twice the number of people with influenza being admitted than is typical.

The flu vaccine is your best shot at stopping the flu.

Special flu shot clinics running for the next month

Attend one of our dedicated flu shot clinics and protect yourself from the flu. Sessions last only 5 minutes!

Your consultation will be bulk billed, while the cost of the vaccine is $15 (unless you’re eligible for a free vaccine – see eligibility below).

The only way to make a booking for these special clinics is by calling 9304 0500.

What is the flu?

The flu is caused by a virus that can infect your nose, throat and sometimes lungs. It spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact, such as kissing and sharing food and drink.

What are the symptoms?

Flu symptoms can start suddenly like fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Elderly people might also experience confusion while children might get an upset stomach and muscle aches.

Symptoms can last for a week or more. When severe, complications such as pneumonia and worsening of existing medical conditions can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes death.

Why should I get the flu shot?

Vaccination experts recommend that everyone over six months old get vaccinated to reduce their chance of getting the flu.

Every year the flu vaccine changes to match the flu virus that is most likely to be around during the flu season. Getting vaccinated every year is the best way of preventing the flu and any associated illness.

When should I get the flu shot?

Getting vaccinated from as early as April gives you and your children the best protection ready for the peak flu period, from around June to September.

Am I eligible for the free flu shot under the National Immunisation Program?

The vaccine is free under the National Immunisation Program for people who are more likely to be affected by complications from the flu. This includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months to 5 years, and 15 years and over
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease (e.g. diabetes, severe asthma, lung or heart disease)
  • Children between 6 months and 5 years.

For everyone else, the cost of the flu vaccine is $15.

New flu vaccines for people aged 65 and over

This year, there are two new vaccines available to provide better protection for people aged 65 and over. Speak to your doctor to find out more about receiving one of the new vaccines.

Flu vaccines for children

All flu vaccines are age-specific. Let your doctor know the age of your child before they get their flu vaccine. This will make sure they receive the correct dose and brand.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Common side effects may happen within one to two days after the vaccination. These include soreness, redness, discomfort and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, muscle aches and low fever. These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days, normally without any treatment.

Can the flu vaccine actually give you the flu?

The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

For more information about the flu in 2018, please read the fact sheet.

8 fast facts about the flu

  1. Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing the spread of the flu in the community.
  2. To protect yourself from the flu, you should get vaccinated every year. The flu virus is always changing so the flu vaccine changes too.
  3. Flu vaccines are available for eligible people for free under the National Immunisation Program from April 2018.
  4. Getting the vaccine from April will protect you before the peak flu period, from around June to September.
  5. Children can receive the flu vaccine from six months of age.
  6. Let your doctor know your age or the age of your child before getting the flu shot. The brand of flu vaccine you should get depends on your age.
  7. This year, there are new vaccines available to provide better protection for older people aged 65 and over.
  8. The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

How do I get the flu shot?

To attend a bulk-billed flu shot clinic, please call 9304 0500. This is the only way to make a booking for these special clinics.

To make a regular appointment (during which you can get the flu shot), you can book how you normally would – on our website, on the Appointuit app, via Facebook or by calling 9304 0500.

Remember to get your flu shot early for your best chance of beating the flu!

 

Source: Department of Health

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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PVH Medical is closed on Anzac Day

We’re closed on Anzac Day

We will be closed this Wednesday for Anzac Day.

We will re-open on Thursday.

A reminder that our usual operating hours are:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Closed Sunday and public holidays.

We pay tribute to and remember all those who have served.

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Get immunised at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale

Immunisation saves lives

Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

However, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely have never been seen by the health system.

Celebrating World Immunisation Week

World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme, “Protected Together #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunisation coverage for the greater good.

At the individual level, the most important thing you can do is to get yourself and your family vaccinated.

Why immunisation matters now more than ever

Routine immunisation is a building block of strong primary health care and universal health coverage – it provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the start.

Immunisation is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, to providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.

Are you and your loved ones vaccinated?

At PVH Medical we can look after your entire family’s vaccination needs, from birth right through to old age.

Simply make a booking with one of our doctors online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: World Health Organization

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See a psychologist in Pascoe Vale

Do you have any concerns about your child’s development or behaviour?

Michelle Vassallo is an educational and developmental psychologist. 

She is able to do various assessments, including:

  • Cognitive
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Psychoeducational.

These assessments determine your child’s strengths and weakness for the purpose of educational planning and funding.

Michelle (pictured below) can also help your child to improve functioning in the home and school environments, improve emotional regulation, reduce school avoidance, and help with learning difficulties, encopresis and peer pressure.

Psychologist Pascoe Vale

As an educational and developmental psychologist, she works with children, adolescents and adults by identifying and clarifying problems, diagnosing disorders and counselling for a range of challenges.

Michelle now provides after-hours appointments every alternate Monday at PVH Medical. Simply make a booking by calling 9304 0500.

Find out more about psychology services at PVH Medical.

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You can now see a doctor in Pascoe Vale until 9pm every Friday.

We’re now open until 9pm every Friday

Starting Friday 6 April, we’ll be open until 9pm every Friday.

So whether you’re feeling unwell or you just need a routine check-up, we’re here for you more than ever before.

Here are our new operating hours:

Monday to Friday: 8am – 9pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

As always, you can make a booking with one of our doctors online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

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Easter opening hours at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Happy Easter!

The team at PVH Medical wishes you a happy and safe Easter holiday.

Easter is a wonderful time to get together with loved ones, enjoy the long weekend and eat chocolate Easter eggs (in moderation!). The team at PVH Medical will also be celebrating, and our practice will therefore be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Here are our operating hours over Easter:

  • Good Friday, 30 March – closed
  • Easter Saturday, 31 March – open normal hours, 8am-5pm
  • Easter Sunday, 1 April – closed per normal
  • Easter Monday, 2 April – closed
  • Easter Tuesday, 3 April – open normal hours, 8am-9pm

Thanks for your ongoing support. Have a wonderful Easter and stay healthy!

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Get your skin checked by a doctor in Pascoe Vale.

It’s ‘Melanoma March’

Melanoma March is an annual awareness and fundraising initiative that funds life-changing melanoma research.

In 2018, there are 20 Melanoma March events taking place across the country. Some participate to remember a loved one whilst others are on their own melanoma journey. All come along in support of finding a cure for melanoma.

What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which usually occurs on the parts of the body that have been overexposed to the sun. Rare melanomas can occur in parts of the skin or body that have never been exposed to the sun.

Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, which along with New Zealand has the world’s highest incidence rate for melanoma.

Melanoma is more commonly diagnosed in men than women. The risk of being diagnosed with melanoma by age 85 is 1 in 13 for men compared to 1 in 22 for women.

This year, more than 14,000 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma. Sadly, around 1,800 will die from the disease.

Melanoma symptoms

Often melanoma has no symptoms. However, the first sign is generally a change in an existing mole or the appearance of a new spot. These changes can include:

  • Colour – a mole may change in colour or have different colour shades or become blotchy
  • Size – a mole may appear to get bigger
  • Shape – a mole may have an irregular border or may increase in height
  • Elevation – the mole may develop a raised area
  • Itching or bleeding.

Other symptoms include dark areas under nails or on membranes lining the mouth, vagina or anus.

New moles and spots will appear and change during childhood, adolescence and during pregnancy and this is normal. However, adults who develop new spots or moles should have them examined by their doctor.

Shannan’s story

Shannan Ponton, from television program The Biggest Loser, thought he was invincible. He wasn’t. But his melanoma battle ended up saving more than his own life.

His melanoma story began on a beach in Bali when his wife spotted a suspicious looking mole on the back of his thigh. She booked him in for a skin check immediately on his return to Sydney. It was melanoma.

Despite undergoing two rounds of surgery and now sporting a 20cm scar, his melanoma hadn’t spread. He was so rattled by his melanoma diagnosis that he immediately called an ‘intervention’ with his mates, inviting 15 of them around to his house for a BBQ.

“I said boys, we all lead a similar lifestyle. I’ve just been diagnosed with melanoma. I want all of you to go and get a skin check,” Shannan recalls.

All 15 mates at Shannan’s intervention that afternoon booked themselves in for skins checks – 2 were subsequently diagnosed with melanoma.

“If it wasn’t for that intervention and that feeling in my gut to go beyond trying to just help, and actually making a difference, those two guys could not be here now,” Shannan added.

Watch Shannan’s story below.

 

Visit the Melanoma March website for more melanoma stories, events and to donate.

Get your skin checked at PVH Medical

If you’ve noticed a change in an existing mole or the appearance of a new spot, or you just want a general skin check for your peace of mind, make a booking with a doctor today.

Having a regular skin check could save your life!

 

Source: Melanoma Institute Australia and Cancer Council Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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