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Cancer

Essential health screenings for women

Health screenings for women become more important as you age, not less. Here’s how to pre-empt potential medical problems with a proactive approach PAP SMEAR ▶ To test for human

Healthy Life

What happened next: infertility

Becoming pregnant should be a joyful time for any couple. But after 18 months of trying with no success, Kyle and Philippa Nipper were confused and frustrated – until a

Cancer

HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

Cancer

The HPV vaccination process

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a viral infection that can cause cervical cancer. Although sexually transmitted, penetrative sex is not required – the virus can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact.

Healthy Life

7 Health disorders doctors struggle to recognise in women

Some health conditions are not simple for doctors to identify – many illnesses share the same symptoms as others, and sometimes those symptoms can be fairly non-specific. Dr Lizette Albertse, a GP at Mediclinic Stellenbosch, describes seven health disorders that are often challenging for doctors to recognise in women.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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Healthy Life

Why watching iron levels is more important for women than for men

Your body needs iron to function healthily. Women, in particular, are prone to iron deficiency, and the problem affects as many as one in two South African women. Dr Mike du Toit, a haematologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains why maintaining healthy iron levels is so important for women.

Gynaecology

Does endometriosis mean you can’t fall pregnant?

No. The good news is that even with severe endometriosis, natural conception is still possible.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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Gynaecology

Why new moms have to consider contraception differently

You’ve just become a mother and your whole world has begun to revolve around your new bundle of joy. While another baby might be the last thing on your mind (it might be the first) it could be on your radar if you haven’t had a post-partum discussion with your gynaecologist a

Diabetes

Are there female-specific risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes is now the leading cause of female deaths in South Africa, according to figures from Statistics South Africa. With coronary heart disease established as the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Worcester looks at the risk factors for diabetes that are exclusive to women.

Cancer

Is a mastectomy required or are there other options for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a treatable disease and early diagnosis significantly improves the survival rate.  Many women now have the option of preserving their breasts. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains non-surgical treatment options.

Cardiology

Why women might not know they’re having a heart attack

If you’re a woman, you might not experience the acute chest pain normally associated with a heart attack. “Getting immediate, appropriate care from your closest emergency room is the single

Cancer

Cervical cancer: Your risks, preventative measures, and treatment by stages

Cervical cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer affecting SA women. Yet too many women have questions: what is your risk, how does it develop, and how is it treated? Mediclinic pathologist Dr Izak Loftus explains.

Cancer

These five health screenings for women could save your life [infographic]

Some of the cancers that most often affect women are breast, cervical, colon, endometrial and lung cancers. Knowing what you can do to detect them early (when they are small and easier to treat) is crucial.

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Gynaecology

Birth control: contraception methods then and now

While today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to contraception, the birth control pill only came to the market 58 years ago. We look back to see how far

HPV symptoms
Cancer

HPV symptoms and effects may differ between men and women

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in South Africa, with roughly 80% of sexually active people infected with a strain of HPV at

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Cancer

Is there an age limit to get the HPV vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections responsible for more than 90% of cervical cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women.

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Healthy Life

Vitamin D deficiency: could you be at risk?

Many people living in sunny countries experience vitamin D deficiency. We look at why this is.

Surgery

Breast-reduction surgery

Disproportionately large breasts can mean more than struggling to find clothes that fit: they can cause back and neck pain, make it difficult to take part in physical activities and have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self-image. If you’re considering breast-reduction surgery – a reduction mammaplasty – here’s what you need to know.

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