Spring has arrived and we're sure you're looking forward to some warmer brighter days.
Daylight saving starts at 2am on Sunday 24th September. Don't forget to put your clocks forward by one hour.
Prostate Cancer awareness month
September is Prostate Cancer Foundation's awareness month. Did you know:
1 in 8 Kiwi men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Every year 4000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer*.
700 men per year die from the disease*.
Early diagnosis of the disease helps to saves lives.
For more information about the symptoms and treatments see the Prostate Cancer Foundation Website https://prostate.org.nz/
If you are worried about prostate cancer, contact reception to book an appointment with your GP or health professional.
*New Zealand Cancer registry, MOH cancer data & stats
Cervical Screening awareness month
September is also cervical screening awareness month and with it comes a change to cervical screening across Aotearoa. From 12th September the HPV test will be the primary cervical screening test. There will be two options for cervical screening:
HPV vaginal swab test, either self-test or assisted by a clinician.
A clinician-taken specimen, previously referred to as a smear test.
Free screening will be available from 12th September for:
women and people with a cervix 30 years and over who are unscreened (have never had a screening test) or under-screened (haven't had a cytology test in the past 5 years)
anyone requiring follow up
Māori and Pacific
community service card holders
Talk to our practice nurses about the right choice for you, or visit https://www.timetoscreen.nz/cervical-screening for more information.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)
Monday 11th September marks the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week). Here are some words you may hear around our clinics:
Coming up next month:
Breast cancer awareness month
Labour weekend opening hours