Breast self-examinations among women over 50 is still advisable, even with an annual mammogram, and is the best way of detecting breast cancer at a treatable stage. It costs nothing except for a bit of time each month. In the past, this was how it was done! So, ladies, keep it going! Any and all available methods are worthwhile in detecting a horrible killer, which is curable if caught early.
Teenagers self-cutting and self-mutilating is not new but is coming into prominence. In reality, it is a cry for help, a way of demanding attention in their world perceived to be filled with stress. Bullying, rejection, peer pressure, agitation for promotion and a lack of self-worth are some acknowledged causes. So parents and peers, heed the cry for help when you observe such behaviour. There is a plethora of professional intervention available.
Over recent years, intervention in and management of unsightly birthmarks has changed dramatically, especially for those on the face and neck. With the advent of laser therapy, near total removal is now possible. You need a referral from your GP to a skin specialist with a clinic equipped with the full range of laser technology. It may take several visits and may require anaesthesia but the outcome is usually positive.
It is not uncommon for a middle aged male to experience a hot flush of sorts like their female counterparts but it is generally meaningless and unimportant to their overall health, with something as insignificant as a hot drink setting it off. Your body