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Crawley NHS urge residents: ‘Look before you flush’ to improve cancer

Local residents are encouraged to check for early symptoms of having blood in their pee, as survival chances increase with early diagnosis.

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Crawley residents at higher risk of bladder and kidney cancers are being urged to ‘look before you flush’ to check for the early symptoms of having blood in their pee, as early diagnosis increases chances of survival.

Around 17,450 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men.

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Most people diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancers are over 50, although people of all ages can be affected. Smokers have a much higher risk of these cancers, other things that increase the risk include:

• being overweight or obese
• having other medical conditions, such as kidney failure
• a family history of cancer

A healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of bladder cancer or kidney cancer, including stopping smoking and people looking after themselves by cutting down on alcohol, keeping active and maintaining a healthy weight.

Dr Laura Hill, Clinical Chair of Crawley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), said:

“It is important to recognise that blood in pee could be an early sign of bladder or kidney cancer and if you don’t check, you may not notice, so we are urging people at a higher risk of these cancers to look before they flush the toilet.

“We know that people don’t always immediately visit their doctor if they spot blood in pee, which can be for a number of reasons. Some might ignore the symptoms, especially if it only happens once, but if you do notice blood in your pee, don’t wait for it to happen again before getting it checked out it is important that you visit your GP.”

More information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers is available from www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee

Those without a GP can easily find their nearest one to register with at www.nhs.uk.

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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.

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Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex www.neurokinex.org is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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