Rowlands Pharmacy are proud to introduce Yourlife our new health and lifestyle magazine. The current issue is packed full of articles to help you maintain or improve your health in 2013; check out our features on stopping smoking, slimming, colds and flu, and vitamins. We have also included vouchers for some fantastic in-store and online offers.
Pick up your FREE copy of Yourlife at any Rowlands Pharmacy or you can view or download a copy at www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk
Rowlands Pharmacy is launching a health and lifestyle magazine in January. The quarterly magazine will be crammed full of information to help you and your family stay healthy. You can pick up a FREE copy from any Rowlands Pharmacy or view the magazine on the Rowlands Pharmacy website www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk
To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Rowlands Pharmacy is working in partnership with the national charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, to raise awareness of the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.i
Behind Closed Doors aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer among the customers of Rowlands’ chain of over 500 pharmacies across the UK. The campaign, which launches on the 1st April, is endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Rowlands Pharmacy to raise awareness of bowel cancer. Early diagnosis is essential to saving lives from bowel cancer and pharmacies are an ideal place for people to receive information about the signs and symptoms of the disease.”
Kenny Black, Managing Director of Rowlands Pharmacy said, “Rowlands is deeply committed to developing our contribution to early detection of cancer. Early detection is a significant way in which we will help improve people’s cancer care outcomes in the UK. It is an area where there is a need for new thinking as people are still falling through the net. Every year we have over 12 million opportunities to talk to our customers about health, well being and medicines. We are delighted that in April, many of those conversations will be about spotting the symptoms of bowel cancer.”
Martin Astbury, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said, “Pharmacists have a significant role to play in raising awareness and increasing early detection of cancer. The symptoms of bowel cancer should be at the forefront of pharmacists’ minds when talking to patients experiencing problems with their bowels. The Behind Closed Doors campaign materials aim to support Rowlands' pharmacists and pharmacy staff, and will enable them to approach the subject of bowel cancer with confidence.”
Throughout April, posters and leaflets will be displayed in every Rowlands Pharmacy. In addition, Rowlands’ pharmacists and pharmacy staff will be provided with practice guidance and till prompts to help them to discuss the symptoms of bowel cancer, and advise people to go to their GP if they are concerned about symptoms.
Every day in the UK over 100 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and around half will die from the disease because they have been diagnosed too late. However, in 9 out of 10 cases, bowel cancer can be cured if diagnosed early.i Awareness of symptoms is therefore essential to save lives from bowel cancer.
Please note, not all pharmacies stock antiviral products. If you need to obtain Tamiflu or Relenza, your local pharmacy may be able to help you or refer you to a pharmacy that stocks it. Alternatively, you should contact your local Primary Care organisation.
Your immune system is the body’s natural defence against viruses and bacteria. When you are sick, it also fights infection, helping you to get better. If your immune system is weak and you are susceptible to coughs, colds and other illnesses, you may need to think seriously about giving your immune system a well-deserved boost.
• Change your diet. We all need a balanced diet containing vitamins and minerals; plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; and wholegrain foods. Bin the fast food and get fresh! If you have a busy lifestyle and eat on the go, you could supplement your diet by taking a Multi-Vitamin & Mineral tablet. This will help to make sure the body receives all that is necessary to maintain optimum health. Alternatively you could try taking Numark Echinacea tablets along with Numark Vitamin C tablets to give your immune system a boost during the winter months when viruses are more abundant.
• Rather than have caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and cola, try water, herbal teas and unsweetened fruit juice, which is full of vitamin C, an excellent support to the immune system.
• If you smoke, consider cutting down or quitting completely. Smoking damages your immune system and can make you more prone to cancer and heart disease. Rowlands Pharmacy currently offers a range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy products.
• Increase your exercise output. Not only will the risk of getting long-term medical conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis decrease, exercising for 30 minutes, five times each week will improve your circulation and build up the body’s own defences.
• Try to get between 7-8 hours sleep each night. The body repairs its defences during the sleeping period so you are more prepared to fight infections. If you are struggling to settle to sleep, try a warm milky drink before bedtime and try not to get out of a routine. Nytol herbal tablets can help with short-term sleeping problems, but are not intended for long-term use.
• Try to relax more. Stress makes the heart rate increase and lowers your immune system. Exercise will help lower your stress rates, and plenty of fresh air.
• Avoid recreational drugs which can damage the immune system. Even a reliance on certain types of medication can have an impact on your immunity so only take medicines when you really need to.
Androgenetic Alopecia, or female pattern baldness is most generally associated with hormonal changes in the body such as can occur during pregnancy or when the contraceptive pill is either started or stopped. However, it occurs most commonly in women going through the menopause. This type of alopecia is linked to a chemical in the body called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) made by the male hormone testosterone and present in men and women. If there is too much DHT in the body, hair follicles can start to shrink so that hair becomes thinner and eventually falls out completely. Androgenetic alopecia will induce a general thinning of hair, with loss around the top and sides of the head.
Most skin cancers are preventable, with around 80% of melanomas being caused by exposure to sunlight. It is well established that UV radiation from the sun and from artificial sources, such as sun-beds and tanning lamps, can cause forms of skin cancer.
UVB rays burn the topmost layer of skin, causing sunburn and cell damage that can lead to cancerous changes.
UVA rays don't burn, but penetrate deep into the skin. They are responsible for cell damage that contributes to ageing and skin cancer.
A sun lotion that protects against both ultraviolet type B (UVB) radiation and ultraviolet type A (UVA) radiation offers the best protection, like the Nivea products we have on offer at the moment. These creams are called 'broad spectrum' sunscreens.
Damage prevention begins in childhood. Young skin is easily damaged by the sun, you must be especially careful with babies under the age of six months who must be kept out of the sun completely. At least a SPF 25 or a full sun block must be used on all exposed areas of a child’s skin- and as with adults, sun cream must not be relied on alone to protect the skin. Aim to cover up as much as possible, especially at peak times by using sun umbrellas, hats with wide brims, sun glasses, light weight and loose fitting clothing to help protect as much exposed skin as possible. Cream must be applied liberally and always follow the indications for re applying cream.
Sun care creams do not carry a use by date as they have a long shelf life but over time both heat and bacteria can damage sun screens, so you should replace your lotion each year. Always store your sun screen in a cool dry place when not in use. Never use sun screens lower than a factor 15, regardless of how well you believe your skin can cope with the heat from the sun or tan.
Any of these signs do not necessarily mean that a melanoma has developed; these are purely precautionary checks that people should look out for. If a mole does not return to normal within 10 days seek advice from your doctor.
NHS launch campaign to find people that may have inadvertently contracted hepatitis C. It is estimated that up to 250,000 people could have hepatitis C but are unaware that they have the disease, visit www.hepc.nhs.uk to see if you are at risk.