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Why is Breast Cancer in young women on the rise?

Although breast cancer in young women is rare – it is often undiagnosed until it’s too late. Don’t ignore that lump, even if you’re under 35, say oncologists. ‘In young

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All about cervical cancer [infographic]

Cervical cancer is the second-most-common cancer among South African women. How does it develop? Are you in danger? How can doctors help manage your risk? Here, we answer these and

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Breast cancer – Your FAQs answered [infographic]

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide. What are its symptoms? Are you in danger of contracting this disease? And what can you do to change

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Free – A Breast Cancer Survivor Story

Anneke Landman was fit, healthy and young – shocked by her sudden cancer diagnosis. Here’s how she beat the disease. For Anneke Landman, breast cancer began as a nagging thought

Cardiology

The heart attack gender gap [infographic]

Heart attacks affect both men and women, but because much of the research in SA has focused on men, women might not know their risk profile – or the early

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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 place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Gynaecology

Struggling to conceive? Your infertility questions, answered.

Being diagnosed as infertile doesn’t mean you can’t fall pregnant, it just means something is preventing you from conceiving naturally.   What is infertility? ‘Doctors define infertility as the inability to conceive

Gynaecology

Early Menopause – and associated health risks

Like all menopausal women, women in premature menopause experience low oestrogen levels. When your oestrogen levels drop, you are more exposed to certain diseases. So what can you do to

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
Gynaecology

Pelvic Pain? 3 causes to consider

Pelvic pain broadly refers to sharp pain – or a dull ache – that occurs in the lower abdomen (below the belly button). If pain in your lower abdomen persists for

Gynaecology

Miracle Mom: Tansey Coetzee’s battle with endometriosis

Tansey Sodeinde is a seasoned model, dancer and beauty pageant titleholder The former Miss South Africa has also placed in the top-five at Miss World and within the Top-15 at Miss Universe.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Liquid gold: The benefits of breast milk

Breast milk is not just food for baby – it provides potent health-giving properties for mom, too. Dr Jonathan Buckley, a paediatric nephrologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, offers a closer look at

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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

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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