When it comes to colorectal cancer,Calgarian Jutta Shaw knows all about theimportance of early detection.
Her husband died of colon cancer sixyears ago, at the age of 53.
So two years ago, when Shaw’s fecalimmunochemical test (FIT) showedblood in her stool, she went for acolonoscopy right away.
The day or two before the test involves“clearing” the large intestine so therectum and colon can be viewed by acamera from the inside. Preparations forthe test cause frequent bowel movementsof loose stools or diarrhea. Few woulddescribe the experience as pleasant.
But such screening tests “are veryworth it,” says Shaw, who got a clean billof health after the colonoscopy.
For a schedule for colonoscopies andother screening tests, see the Spring 2016issue of Apple, online at applemag.ca.
Sex talk with partner
Many people are uncomfortable talkingabout sex, sexuality and reproductivehealth with their partners.
Studies show that the more peoplecommunicate with each other, the betterthe relationship, Parker says.
Alberta Health Services offers a wide
array of workshops, resources and
advice on sexual and reproductive health
across the province, including:
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and
For details, visit ahs.ca or call HealthLink at 811.
Once a taboo topic, the subject oferectile dysfunction is now more openlydiscussed because of medications such asViagra and Cialis.
But it can still be embarrassing,“because people expect that ‘a manshould be able to perform,’ ”saysDr. Owen Schwartz, a familypractitioner in Calgary who focuses onpsychotherapy, emotional health andstress reduction.
Erectile dysfunction is common,especially as men age.
“It has a lot to do with circulation to
the penis. If there isn’t enough blood
flow because of hardening of the arteries,
then there’s going to be less capacity,”
Schwartz says. He notes that stress can
affect the arteries, while exercise opens
up the arteries. “Maintaining good
health through exercise, relaxation and
a healthy diet all help maintain good
Schwartz recommends seeking help
by talking to a doctor, friend or mentor.
“You can talk to your pharmacist, who
may offer drugs, such as Viagra. This
is fine, but it’s best to discover the root
cause,” he says.
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