Did you know that the incidence of breast cancer in Australia is on the rise? It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia and can affect both men and women. Thanks to breast cancer research, if detected early, it is now largely treatable! Whilst survival rates have significantly improved as a result of research, unfortunately 56 Australian lives are still lost to the disease every week. That’s why members of our Floreat team took part in the Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink. Whist improving community awareness, Triathlon Pink also aims to raise funds to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation to continue the life changing research that they do. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to saving lives and we encourage you to ask yourself: Am I doing my monthly self-check? -please visit the site below for an easy to follow a step by step guide https://nbcf.org.au/about-breast-cancer/detection-and-awareness/how-to-check-for-breast-cancer-symptoms/ Am I up to date with my mammogram? -mammograms should be done at least 2 yearly, starting at age 50 (earlier if you have a significant family history or risk factors). Do I have any concerns about my breast health? -If yes, please do not hesitate to discuss this with one of our friendly doctors.
Aged care and end-of-life care is becoming a frequent topic of conversation in Australia, particularly with the advent of the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care and a large number of our population moving into the senior years of their lives. Community attitudes and expectation towards ageing and person-centred care is evolving with the increasing numbers of people moving into residential aged care facilities when home support is not enough. If you become very sick or have a serious injury, who will help make care decisions for you? At Floreat Medical we support the idea of starting conversations that matter with our elderly patients and their families. An important consideration is the completion of legal documents to provide for planning for the final years when autonomy and cognitive reasoning may become more limited. The WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network provides a kit which includes advice aimed at empowering people to make their own medical treatment decisions according to their values. It is never too soon to start sharing with your doctor the thoughts you may have about your future and the decisions you will need to make. We can provide you with the kit, which includes an Advanced Care Directive and My Advanced Care Plan forms. Talk about your end of life choices with your doctor at Floreat Medical. To make an appointment to do this today click on the Make Appointment button on the Floreat Medical home page. For further information on Advance Care Planning Support call 9222 2300.