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NHS cancer screening

There are three types of cancer screening for adults in England, and they save thousands of lives each year. Cervical screening Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every three…

Sleep tips for teenagers

A minimum of 8 to 9 hours' good sleep on school nights is recommended for teens. Here's how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay healthy and do well at school.  Limit screens in the bedroom If possible, don't have a mobile, tablet, TV or computer in…

Incontinence products

Incontinence pads and other products and devices can make life easier for you if you're waiting for a diagnosis or for a treatment to work. This page covers: Pads and pull-ups Avoid sanitary pads Stop stress incontinence leaks Appliances and bedding Can I get incontinence products on the…

Reduce your cancer risk

There are no proven ways to prevent cancer, but you can reduce your risk of getting it. According to Cancer Research UK, 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes. It will help to lower your risk of cancer if you: eat a…

Lung cancer: are you at risk?

Lung cancer is the UK's biggest cancer killer. It kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and leukaemia combined. However, some forms can be cured if they're caught early enough. Lung cancer accounts for 1 in 16 of all deaths in the…

The taboo of incontinence

Incontinence is one of the last health taboos in modern society. Embarrassment stops many people from accessing the NHS services that can help them. Why is incontinence so embarrassing? Incontinence is surprisingly common. It's estimated that one in four of us will have a problem with bladder control at…

My Couch to 5K diary

A woolly hat helped Laura overcome her self-consciousness in the early days of her Couch to 5K plan. Here, she describes the highs and lows in her diary of the nine-week programme that transformed the former fitness-phobe into a regular runner. Week one I chose my local…

How to get NHS help for incontinence

If you have incontinence, don't be embarrassed about getting medical help. The symptoms can be improved, and sometimes cured, with simple methods. Almost half (45%) of all people with incontinence wait at least five years before they get help, according to Karen Logan, a consultant continence nurse at Gwent Healthcare NHS…

Financial problems and relationships

Redundancy, debt and money worries can all put pressure on your relationship with your partner. Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor at Relate, offers advice on how to ease the strain.  If you're made redundant, loss of income is the most obvious difficulty, but being without…

Periods and fertility in the menstrual cycle

The length of the menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman, but the average is to have periods every 28 days. Regular cycles that are longer or shorter than this, from 21 to 40 days, are normal. "The menstrual cycle is the time from the first day…