When it comes to colorectal cancer,
Calgarian Jutta Shaw knows all about the
importance of early detection.
Her husband died of colon cancer six
years ago, at the age of 53.
So two years ago, when Shaw’s fecal
immunochemical test (FIT) showed
blood in her stool, she went for a
colonoscopy right away.
The day or two before the test involves
“clearing” the large intestine so the
rectum and colon can be viewed by a
camera from the inside. Preparations for
the test cause frequent bowel movements
of loose stools or diarrhea. Few would
describe the experience as pleasant.
But such screening tests “are very
worth it,” says Shaw, who got a clean bill
of health after the colonoscopy.
For a schedule for colonoscopies and
other screening tests, see the Spring 2016
issue of Apple, online at applemag.ca.
Sex talk with partner
Many people are uncomfortable talking
about sex, sexuality and reproductive
health with their partners.
Studies show that the more people
communicate with each other, the better
the 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 Health
Link at 811.
Once a taboo topic, the subject of
erectile dysfunction is now more openly
discussed because of medications such as
Viagra and Cialis.
But it can still be embarrassing,
“because people expect that ‘a man
should be able to perform,’ ”says
Dr. Owen Schwartz, a family
practitioner in Calgary who focuses on
psychotherapy, emotional health and
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.
Babe, your snoring
has woken me up
three nights in a
OH yeah, you snore.
Maybe tonight you
could try sleeping
on your side. Or
maybe one of those