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style & technology
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• Measurements with the device
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• Explanation & practice of
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• Suggestions about using the
device in different situations
• Initial trial & review appointment to
assess benefits & satisfaction.
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n Melanoma Statistics
n In SA, more than 70% of melanomas
are diagnosed in people over 50 years
n Two in three Australians will develop
skin cancer in their lifetime
n The Good News
n Early diagnosis of melanoma generally
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A special imaging camera is used to
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Digital images of abnormal moles
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Think before you exercise
Women in a hurry to tone up and
lose weight could be doing untold
damage to their pelvic floor.
Katherine Modoo, a continence
nurse advisor at the Sunraysia
Community Health Service near the
South Australia/Victoria border, was
left speechless recently after two
patients presented to her clinic with
disturbingly similar problems.
The women, one in her 40s and
one in her 60s, had both re-
prolapsed after deciding to embark
on a vigorous fitness and exercise
"The woman in her 40s was quite
devastated; she'd had a vaginal
repair after childbirth, and had
decided to start exercising to lose a
bit of weight," Ms Modoo said.
The older woman, who'd had a
surgical sling repair done on her
vaginal prolapse several years
earlier, had put so much strain on
the repair that it was no longer able
to contain her prolapse.
According to the two women, their
personal trainer had incorporated
weight-bearing exercises and lunges
into their intense fitness program.
More disturbingly, the personal
trainer made no mention of the
pelvic floor at any time.
"It's a bit of a worry that there are
personal trainers out there who
aren't aware of the risk to the pelvic
floor with certain exercises," Ms
Ms Modoo said there were many
ways to get fit and lose weight
without risking the pelvic floor.
She recommended the Pelvic Floor
First website www.pelvicfloorfirst.
org.au to anyone wanting to become
strong and aerobically fit while
keeping their pelvic floor safe.
"It's a fantastic website with fact
sheets and lots of other resources
for personal trainers and anyone
who want to exercise without injuring
their pelvic floor," she said.
The Continence Foundation of
Australia has also recently launched
a free Pelvic Floor First phone app,
available from iTunes and Google
Play, where users can customise
their exercise program to suit their
She said women, particularly
those with a history of pelvic
floor problems, should consult
their health professional before
embarking on any new exercise
"It's great to want to exercise and
be healthy, but if there are any
exercises that risk damaging the
pelvic floor, women need medical
advice from the doctor or the
surgeon who did the work so there's
no risk of injury or a repeat of the
"When the younger woman told me
she wanted to lose weight, I thought,
'oh no, why didn't you go walking or
cycling or swimming?' There are so
many other ways to exercise that are
friendly to the pelvic floor."
"Professional personal trainers
should ask the questions (about the
pelvic floor). I know the Continence
Foundation of Australia has worked
really hard to have a continence
component in the personal training
courses," she said.
Anyone experiencing continence
or prolapse issues can phone
the freecall National Continence
Helpline (1800 33 00 66), where
the continence nurse advisors
can provide confidential advice,
information and resources.
State-based health promotion
officers are also available for
information sessions for groups of
men, women, and health and fitness
professionals. For more information
contact the Helpline (1800 33 00
66) or go to www.continence.org.au
The Continence Foundation of
Australia is the peak national
organisation working to improve
the quality of life of all Australians
affected by incontinence.
• In 2010, nearly 4.8 million
Australians -- comprising more
than a quarter of the Australian
population aged 15 years or over
-- were living with incontinence.
• By 2030 the prevalence is
estimated to increase to 6.5
million Australians (with urinary
incontinence, faecal incontinence
or both) -- equating to 27 per cent
of the population aged 15 years
• Incontinence affects both men
and women -- regardless of
their age, gender or cultural
• Incontinence is more prevalent
than asthma (more than 2
million), anxiety disorders (2.3
million) and arthritis (3.1 million).
Information based on Deloitte
Access Economics The economic
impact of incontinence in Australia
2011, commissioned by the
Continence Foundation of Australia.
For the full report go to www.
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