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  • You in Mind - Your Experience Matters
    use Mental Health Services to share their experiences which will help shape the future within mental health I might not be here today if it wasn t for the help that I have received and I would like to encourage others to share their stories through these surveys The You In Mind Your Experience Matters online questionnaire is available to complete at www hscboard hscni net mentalhealth YEM html 1 and will be open for sharing your experiences and stories until 15th January 2016 All contributions will be used anonymously and compiled in a report which will be available in 2016 People who do not have web access can also participate by contacting their Trust Mental Health Service Improvement Manager directly Contact details for Trust Service Improvement Managers are available at www hscboard hscni net mentalhealth YEM html 1 Welcoming the survey Fionnuala McAndrew Director of Social Services and Children HSCB said The focus of this year s World Mental Health Day was to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity With this in mind we wish to acknowledge the value we place on working alongside people with lived experience of mental health treatment and care By co producing Mental Health Services which are more personalised and person focused we can improve the experience of people with mental health problems The initiative launched today has been jointly developed by people with lived experience their families and professionals involved in commissioning and providing care Honouring our pledge to re run this survey demonstrates our commitment to consolidating our partnership and co productive approach to the design and delivery of services Through inclusion in decision making and involvement in the development of information resources we aim to ensure that people

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2675 (2016-02-11)
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  • Handy new shower card helps to catch breast cancer early
    vital that everyone is aware of them as it could save their life You can become familiar with your breasts by looking at and feeling them in a way that is best for you for example in the bath shower or when dressing It is important to feel all parts of your breasts including your nipples and in and around your armpits These handy shower cards not only provide the key information every woman needs to know but also act as a reminder to undertake a check regularly The shower cards have been developed by the PHA and Pretty n Pink as part of the PHA s Be Cancer Aware campaign which aims to highlight the signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to contact their GP without delay if they find any of them Noeleen McErlane Marketing Manager at Pretty n Pink said We re delighted to work alongside the Public Health Agency on this initiative Early detection can save lives and we would encourage all women to utilise these handy little cards and make breast self examinations part of their regular routine and go to see your GP should you notice any changes Common symptoms to look out for include Appearance a change in size or outline of either breast especially those caused by arm movement any puckering dimpling or redness of the skin veins that stand out more than usual Feelings pain or discomfort in one part of either breast or in your armpit particularly if new and persistent Lumps any lumps or thickening in either breast that feels different from the other breast any swelling or lumps under your armpit or around your collarbone Nipple change a nipple that has become pulled in changed shape or shows signs of any discharge bleeding rash or crusted

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2665 (2016-02-11)
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  • Don’t be tempted to give your skin a roasting!
    or rented by family and or friends this should be discouraged and remember there is no safe level of sunbed exposure Trudy Stanfield Chair of the Sunbed Working Group said Sunbed legislation was introduced in May 2012 and is enforced by district councils It states that operators of sunbed premises mustn t allow anyone under 18 to use a sunbed must provide customers with information on the risks associated with sunbed use and must ensure protective eyewear is available Marbeth Ferguson Skin Cancer Prevention Co ordinator at Cancer Focus NI said In the last five years skin cancer diagnoses have increased by almost 20 and the fashion for having tanned skin has certainly contributed to this situation There are still people who are ignoring the risks and choosing to use sunbeds We advise that no one should use sunbeds for cosmetic purposes If you are concerned about skin cancer for example a mole that has changed in shape size or colour you should talk to your GP Early detection of skin cancer can significantly improve survival so regularly checking your skin is important For further information on sun safety see www careinthesun org 1 Notes to the editor Notes to editors 1 Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Northern Ireland and accounts for 30 of all cancers diagnosed here around 3 550 people develop it each year While most skin cancers are not malignant the most severe form malignant melanoma can be a potentially life threatening condition particularly if not diagnosed in the early stages average number per year from 2008 2012 Ref NI Cancer Registry 2 It is important to check skin regularly for suspected skin cancers Check the whole body as skin cancer can occur in places not normally exposed to the sun Be aware of

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2664 (2016-02-11)
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  • Cancer patients have their say on services in Northern Ireland
    cancer Verbal information on operations Privacy when being examined treated and when discussing their condition Confidence and trust in doctors Pain control Being treated with respect and dignity Controlling the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy GP being given the right amount of information in order to care for the patient There were however a number of areas for which the experience of patients fell below the optimum level and for which there may be opportunities for service improvements These include Being given the name of a clinical nurse specialist CNS For those having an operation in hospital being given easy to understand written information in advance about the operation Being given information on financial help and benefits they might be entitled to Dr Miriam McCarthy Consultant in Public Health at the PHA said Patient experience is key in driving forward innovation and improvement in health and social care so the feedback of these patients will be invaluable It is essential that we have the right processes in place which allow us to listen and learn from patients across all areas within the health service The CPES provided an opportunity for cancer patients to provide detailed information on their experience of care in a confidential matter In this first CPES for Northern Ireland we are pleased to see that patients overall views of the service and treatment they received are positive However there are areas where specific improvements can be made to ensure a better patient experience and in this regard the Northern Ireland CPES will be important in shaping the future of services for people with cancer Heather Monteverde Head of Macmillan Services in Northern Ireland said The message from patients is clear they value the support of a Clinical Nurse Specialist who is their key contact throughout treatment

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2646 (2016-02-11)
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  • New breast cancer campaign: be aware, get checked early
    is the latest phase of the Be Cancer Aware campaign we want to make women aware of a range of signs and symptoms any of which could suggest breast cancer and to encourage them to speak to a GP without delay if they notice anything While breast cancer is much more common in women it can also affect men so anyone noticing changes in their breast should seek the advice of their GP A survey commissioned by the PHA earlier this year asked women if they could recall any warning signs and symptoms of breast cancer Two out of three women identified a lump or thickening in your breast as a possible sign of cancer and almost half recognised that a lump or thickening under your armpit may also be a sign However other potential signs were less familiar to women including skin changes such as dimpling and puckering and changes to the nipple such as discharge bleeding or becoming turned in see notes below for stats Dr McCarthy continued There are a number of changes to your body which may indicate breast cancer such as turned in nipples lumps skin changes or crusted nipples so if you notice any of these speak to your GP without delay Don t be embarrassed and don t put it off the earlier you are seen the better It is also important to regularly check for changes and to be familiar with your own body if we don t know what s normal for each of us it ll be more difficult to realise if something out of the ordinary develops There were 1 294 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Northern Ireland in 2013 It can occur at any age however the risk of developing it increases with age Most breast cancers

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2640 (2016-02-11)
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  • Cervical screening: the colposcopy examination (English and 11 translations)
    after treatment are at very low risk of residual disease These women do not need to be recalled for another screening appointment for three years The test of cure process means all post treatment smears at six months that are reported as normal borderline or mild dyskaryosis will be tested for HR HPV Those women who are HR HPV positive will remain at colposcopy HR HPV negative women can be safely returned to recall in three years It is estimated that the HR HPV test of cure will allow approximately 80 of women who have been through treatment to avoid undergoing annual smear tests This updated leaflet explains what a colposcopy is outlines the process of the examination and gives information on post treatment check ups Copies of this leaflet are available from the four health promotion resource departments in Belfast Ballymena Armagh and Londonderry Details Format A5 6 pages booklet Target group Women aged 25 64 Downloads Preview Attachment Size Cervical Colposcopy 11 15 pdf 1 1 78 MB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 CHINESE COMPLEX FINAL pdf 2 462 51 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 CHINESE SIMPLIFIED FINAL pdf 3 369 9 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 HUNGARIAN FINAL pdf 4 155 91 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 LATVIAN FINAL pdf 5 442 13 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 LITHUANIAN FINAL pdf 6 196 44 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 POLISH FINAL pdf 7 348 18 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 PORTUGUESE FINAL pdf 8 240 26 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 ROMANIAN FINAL pdf 9 300 19 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 RUSSIAN FINAL pdf 10 354 98 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 SLOVAK FINAL pdf 11 212 09 KB Cervical screening colposcopy edit 2 TETUM FINAL pdf

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/294 (2016-02-11)
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  • Cervical cancer: it's best to take the test (English and 11 translations)
    or mild dyskaryosis will be tested for HR HPV Those women who are HR HPV positive will remain at colposcopy HR HPV negative women can be safely returned to recall in three years It is estimated that the HR HPV test of cure will allow approximately 80 of women who have been through treatment to avoid undergoing annual smear tests This updated leaflet gives information about cervical screening in Northern Ireland and helps women understand the new process and why it is important to be screened Copies of this leaflet are available from the four health promotion resource departments in Belfast Ballymena Armagh and Londonderry Details Format A5 8 pages booklet Target group Women aged 25 64 Downloads Preview Attachment Size Cervical take test 11 15 pdf 1 2 6 MB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 CHINESE COMPLEX FINAL pdf 2 527 33 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 CHINESE SIMPLIFIED FINAL pdf 3 390 86 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 HUNGARIAN FINAL pdf 4 289 4 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 LATVIAN FINAL pdf 5 212 91 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 LITHUANIAN FINAL pdf 6 213 93 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 POLISH FINAL pdf 7 363 69 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 PORTUGUESE FINAL pdf 8 238 52 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 ROMANIAN FINAL pdf 9 287 37 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 RUSSIAN FINAL pdf 10 381 85 KB Cervical screening best to take the test edit 2 SLOVAK FINAL pdf 11 230 69 KB Cervical screening best to take the test

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/295 (2016-02-11)
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  • Cervical screening: your results explained (English and 11 translations)
    treatment are at very low risk of residual disease These women do not need to be recalled for another screening appointment for three years The test of cure process means all post treatment smears at six months that are reported as normal borderline or mild dyskaryosis will be tested for HR HPV Those women who are HR HPV positive will remain at colposcopy HR HPV negative women can be safely returned to recall in three years It is estimated that the HR HPV test of cure will allow approximately 80 of women who have been through treatment to avoid undergoing annual smear tests This updated leaflet explains the results of the cervical screening test and outlines the next steps for those who may need a colposcopy Copies of this leaflet are available from the four health promotion resource departments in Belfast Ballymena Armagh and Londonderry Details Format A5 6 pages booklet Target group Women aged 25 64 Downloads Preview Attachment Size Cervical Results 11 15 pdf 1 2 2 MB Cervical Screening results edit 2 CHINESE COMPLEX FINAL pdf 2 435 41 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 CHINESE SIMPLIFIED FINAL pdf 3 361 01 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 HUNGARIAN FINAL pdf 4 149 5 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 LATVIAN FINAL pdf 5 192 27 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 LITHUANIAN FINAL pdf 6 192 71 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 POLISH FINAL pdf 7 192 24 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 PORTUGUESE FINAL pdf 8 224 32 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 ROMANIAN FINAL pdf 9 225 22 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 RUSSIAN FINAL pdf 10 354 21 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 SLOVAK FINAL pdf 11 211 07 KB Cervical Screening results edit 2 TETUM FINAL pdf

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/291 (2016-02-11)
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