Q. – SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR BOWEL CANCER?
A. – Testing your bowel motions for blood ( a ‘faecal occult blood test’) every 2 years from age of 50 can reduce your risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to one third. If you wish to have regular testing (which is strongly advised) speak to your doctor. For more information go towww.cancerscreeing.gov.au
Q. – CAN BREATHING EXERCISES HELP EASE ASTHMA?
A. – Australian researchers recently tested two types of breathing exercises in adults with mild asthma who were using a regular preventer (steroid) medication. Both exercises reduced preventer use by up to half and cut the need for reliever inhaler by up to 86%. The exercises were done twice daily and when asthma symptoms occurred.
The techniques can be learnt online at www.asthmacrc.org.au
Always talk to your doctor before making any change to your treatment.