Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We're coming towards the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month..

The earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the stronger your chances of survival. A lot of people associate lumps in breasts as being a dead cert diagnosis of cancer, however this is not the case! Follow this advice provided by Breast Cancer Care to ensure you know what to do if you feel any changes in your breasts.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • a change in size or shape of the breast
  • a lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
  • redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like orange peel)
  • discharge (liquid) that comes from the nipple without squeezing
  • your nipple becoming inverted (pulled in) or changing its position or shape
  • a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • constant pain in your breast or your armpit

How do I check my breasts?

What should I do if I find a change?

Most breast changes are likely to be normal or due to a benign (not cancer) breast condition rather than being a sign of breast cancer. If you notice a change, go and see your GP (local doctor) as soon as you can.

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health, is a yearly event celebrated on the 10th October.

One in four adults are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a huge impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.

Follow this link for tips on how to look after your mental health  

And follow this link for more information on how you can get involved on World Mental Health Day

It's World Heart Day!

If you live to be 70 your heart will have beaten around two and a half BILLION times. Without a doubt your heart is the most important muscle in your body it starts beating around three weeks after you were conceived and it is the strongest muscle in your body. 

On 29th September we celebrate World Heart Day alongside the World Heart Federation. This World Heart Day, we want to share with everyone the importance in understanding what you can do to fuel your heart. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it's easy to give it the care it deserves.

If you live to 70 and your heart beats two and half billion times, imagine how much work your heart has to do if you live until you’re 100! To get the best out of your heart we want you to make just a few simple lifestyle changes. Try eating more healthily- eating less fry ups and takeaways and choosing more nutritious meals. Cutting down on your alcohol intake and stopping smoking should improve your heart health as well as your overall well-being.  

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What makes a good care assistant?

Working in care isn’t always the easiest job in the world, however it is extremely rewarding. You have the opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds and cultures and you really can make a difference to someone’s life. In this article, we will investigate what makes a good carer.

If you're interested in becoming a Care Assistant either on a part-time or full-time basis, please send a CV to our recruiter at agency@ascotcare.co.uk.

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Stroke Prevention

The causes of Stroke are varied but risk factors that increase chances of Stroke include high blood pressure, artery blockages and high cholesterol. These risk factors are often affected by poor lifestyle choices.

In general, having a healthy lifestyle decreases your chances of developing conditions which may lead to Stroke. The NHS provides us with some general health advice and by following these simple steps you could decrease the risk factors of Stroke as well as many other illnesses.

Diet

It sounds extremely obvious but ensuring you follow a healthy, balanced diet means that you will reduce risks of developing high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol two leading factors of stroke. The NHS encourages you to eat no more than 6 grams of salt a day and to reduce your intake of highly processed and fatty foods.

Exercise

Combining your balanced diet with regular exercise also helps to keep blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels. Although each body is different, generally most people are recommended to do around 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week.

Stopping Smoking

The majority of people are aware that smoking is an extremely unhealthy habit however not everyone is aware of its links to Stroke. Smoking significantly increases your risk of having a stroke because it narrows your arteries and makes your blood more likely to clot. Stopping smoking may seem difficult but doing so can greatly improve your general health.

Reducing Alcohol

Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to irregular heartbeat conditions and high blood pressure, both of these things can increase your risk of having a stroke. Reducing your alcohol intake to the recommended limits or lower can decrease your risk of having stroke. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

For more comprehensive advice please see the NHS Choices website.