Dr Hilary Jones' Healthcare Guide - Essex, Kent & Sussex - (Page 9)

Health matters All the news, moves and essential must-reads for a healthy few months ahead HELPING YOU ALONG THE WAY Editor’s choice The menopause is a stage in life that is shrouded in myths and horror stories. But this new book highlights how it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right attitude, lifestyle changes and support, the menopause can be successfully managed, hot flushes or not. First Steps through the Menopause by health journalist, Catherine Francis, (£4.99, Lion Books) will help you understand the physical, mental and emotional effects you may experience during this time. Editor’s health tip SPOT THE DIFFERENCE CARE HOME LOW-DOWN With reports and documentaries about poor treatment of residents, care homes have been under intense scrutiny in recent years. Now, a new website www.goodcareguide.co.uk can help to put your worries to rest if you are considering a care home for an elderly relative. Backed by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the site lists all registered care homes in England, as well as home care agencies. It also features registered group childcare settings in England, too. Reviews are written by people who’ve used the services, and provide honest ‘warts and all’ feedback, claims director Stephen Burke. ‘The greater scrutiny will help improve the quality and standards of care,’ he adds. Users of the care homes, and their families, can rate on quality of care, facilities and value for money. Mole myths Large, raised, those with hairs growing out of them – if you have moles like this on your body, do you regard them as a melanoma risk? It would be natural to think so, but you may also be surprised to hear they’re not necessarily so. A visit to The Mole Clinic (www.themoleclinic.co.uk), available at Superdrug stores in Orpington, Kent or Brighton, Sussex (tel: 0845 678 9111) or the flagship clinic in London (tel: 020 7734 1177), could not only smash some misheld myths about moles, but could, actually, be a lifesaver. A Mole Clinic visit involves a detailed look by a specialist nurse at every single mole on your body – a special device is used to give a close-up look at each mole. Any suspicious moles are marked and then photographed to be sent off to a dermatologist for further inspection. If he or she feels any of these moles need following up, you will receive a phone call, then a letter, in a matter of days. Editor, Jo Willacy, explains what she learned following her mole check: ● Soft, squishy moles hardly ever become cancerous ● Flat and very dark moles are more likely to turn into skin cancer; moles that are 6-7mm in size are the ones to keep an eye on ● If you can find lots of moles that look similar on your body, that’s a good sign. Watch the unusual ones ● No two melanomas ever look the same ● Hairs growing out of moles can be plucked – it will not damage the mole or your skin ● Look for changes with shape, colour and size ● Problem moles don’t necessarily itch, bleed or ooze   ● Keep a close eye out for any new moles that develop – and get them checked turn arrow by your GP ● On women, melanoma mainly develops on the end box legs; on men, it develops on the back and trunk ● Get your partner to check any moles on your back. LEARN THE ESSENTIALS Dr Hilary Jones’ Healthcare guide – Essex, Kent and Sussex 009 http://www.themoleclinic.co.uk http://www.goodcareguide.co.uk

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dr Hilary Jones' Healthcare Guide - Essex, Kent & Sussex

editor’s letter
A healthy hello from Dr Hilary
NEWS and views
the big interview
Question time
A weighty issue
fitness for free
Top nosh
Make the right decision
choosing the best
breast cancer
cosmetic surgery
Ear, nose and throat
obstetrics and gynaecology
oral surgery

Dr Hilary Jones' Healthcare Guide - Essex, Kent & Sussex