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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Guide to health issues for over 50s

Health issues become increasingly important after you turn 50. Recognising the possible signs of illness, having regular screening tests for cancer and being aware of potential health risks will give you a start to protect yourself mentally and physically.

Mental health and support as you get older

Conditions such as dementia and depression become more likely as you get older. If you are worried that you may be developing symptoms, your doctor can make an assessment. Should you require additional care, you are much more likely to be supported in your own home, for as long as possible, than be encouraged to enter a care home or hospital.

Older women's health

If you're a woman over 50, diseases like breast cancer and health issues like osteoporosis and the menopause can be of particular concern. By being well-informed, you'll have a better sense of how to take care of your health and protect yourself.

Breast screening

Detecting breast cancer and other breast conditions early gives the best chance of successful treatment. The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women in the UK aged 50 and over.

Older men's health

There are a number of health issues and illnesses that can affect men over the age of 50. Prostate problems, heart disease, bladder cancer and impotence can be of particular concern.

Prostate problems

With any prostate problem, it is important to talk to your doctor to see what your symptoms mean. There are three main things that could go wrong with your prostate - benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and prostate cancer. By understanding the symptoms for these conditions, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself.

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