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Every day, two New Zealand tane will lose their lives to prostate cancer. They could be your father, brother, uncle, grandfather, husband or your mate.
Early diagnosis is critical - if detected and treated early, 600 lives a year could be saved.
This month is Blue September and the Prostate Cancer Foundation is raising awareness and funds through initiating ‘Blue Do’ events, where the community can organise fundraisers such as an office morning tea, a baking sale or fishing trip - anything to get a team together to raise vital funds to fight prostate cancer and spread the message for men to look after their health and get checked.
The prostate is a gland located behind a man’s bladder. Part of the reproductive system, it is regulated by the male sex hormone testosterone and is responsible for producing the majority of fluid that makes up semen.
The size of the prostate changes with age, growing rapidly during puberty - fuelled by an increase in hormones - but in an adult it should be the size of a walnut.
Many men begin to have problems with their prostate as they get older. The Prostate Cancer Foundation says most can be caused by simple enlargement of the prostate, but a few are caused by cancer.
Regular prostate PSA tests are recommended for men over the age of 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer; or who are between the ages of 50 and 70. PSA is a small protein released into the blood by the prostate and if levels in the blood are high it is an indicator that there may be abnormalities in the prostate gland.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Clinical Services Manager Taima Campbell says prostate cancer may not exhibit symptoms in the early stages so it is important for men to be vigilant in noticing any changes and to have regular check-ups.
“Men having any problems such as pain, fever, swelling, blood and pus in the urine or problems passing urine should consult their doctor without delay,” she says.
For more information, go to www.prostate.org.nz
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Waikato DHB have just released their draft Health System Plan, which sets out how they want the health system to work for our people – and they’re wanting feedback from you. Do you think they’ve got it right? What is most important for you?
They’ll be in Thames to outline the plan and to hear your feedback on Wednesday 17th April, 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre. They’re offering a further drop-in session that evening, anytime from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
You can read the plan at http://www.waikatodhb.health.nz/hsp
Now’s your chance to have your save, whānau, so take some time to give them your feedback.
Following a measles outbreak in Canterbury and two reported cases in Auckland this month, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki clients are urged to be alert to possible measles symptoms.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through droplets in the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing as well as through contact.
Anyone unimmunised who has been in the same room as someone with measles will likely get it.
Measles can be life threatening, with about 1 in 10 people needing hospital treatment. It can also lead to other complications, including ear infections (which can cause permanent hearing loss), diarrhoea, pneumonia, seizures and swelling of the brain – this is rare, but can cause permanent brain damage or death.
Up to 30% of people with measles will develop complications – usually children under five and adults over the age of 20.
Measles affects both children and adults and is easily preventable by having a measles vaccine. In New Zealand, if you were born in 1969 or later, you can get the measles vaccine for free.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki has the measles vaccine in stock.
Two doses of the measles vaccine provides the most effective protection for yourself, your family and the wider community. After one dose of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, which is scheduled at 15 months and four years, about 95% of people are protected from measles. After two doses of the MMR vaccine, more than 99% people are protected.
If you have no documented record of two vaccinations, it is recommended that you have a booster of MMR. If you are not sure if you’ve had two vaccinations and there is no documentation, you can have a booster – it won’t do any harm.
If parents are very worried and want to have the vaccine earlier they need to speak to a Nurse to see if it is appropriate for the individual child.
Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel anywhere overseas – to protect yourself and to help prevent outbreaks in New Zealand.
Pregnant women cannot have a MMR.
The symptoms of measles are a cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis, a fever above 38.5, followed by a rash starting around the head and spreading to the body.
Anyone with measles needs to be isolated from the time they become ill until five days after the rash has appeared. It is extremely important to stay in isolation if you’re asked to do so, to protect vulnerable people including babies, pregnant women, cancer patients and others who are unable to be immunised.
Phone Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki if you want to see if you need a booster or to make an appointment – 0508 835 676 (freephone).
Information in this article sourced from Ministry of Health.
Come walking with us
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Whānau Ora Navigators are hoping whānau will join the Hikoi ā Whānau walking series around Hauraki during March.
Walking is FREE and a great way to connect with your community!
Walking reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, improves sleep and energises you!
Hikoi ā Whānau offers:
Aroha – giving with no expectation of return;
Whanāungatanga – It’s about being connected;
Whakapapa – knowing who you are;
Mana/Manaaki – building the mana of others, through nurturing and growing; and
Korero awhi – positive communication.
No matter what your age, size, level of fitness or situation
Waihi - March 6: 10.30am - 12 noon – Meet at the Goldmine lookout
Thames - March 13: 10.30am - 12 noon – Meet at Victoria Park
Coromandel - March 20: 10.30am-12 noon – Meet at the Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki clinic
Paeroa - March 27 10.30am- 12 noon – Meet at Paeroa Domain
Whānau Ora Navigator
if interested in joining
Hikoi ā Whānau