The Gold Book for Women

- Women’s Service Manual for Life

The Gold Book for Women – Women’s Service Manual for Life is a service manual, designed to help Women at all ages to prevent diseases from forming, as well as detect Women’s diseases at an early stage, before they cause irreparable damage.

Author Dr Guy Hingston has been a doctor for over 20 years, and has specialised in the oncoplastic surgical mangagement of cancer. It is hoped that with the help of this innovative Gold Book Service Manual, that these diseases can be successfully treated without getting to the stage where they threaten lives.

This 184 page paperback has a preventive health introductory Section I, followed by an ‘Age Page’ Section II, consisting of two yearly service manual check-ups from Age 4 to Age 48 and then yearly from Age 50 to Age 90. Teenagers should get into the habit of using these service manuals regularly at school in health education classes so that when they are older, they will be used to this concept.

For every Gold Book for Women purchased, at least $1 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to help with their efforts to fight breast cancer.


New form of intraoperative breast cancer radiotherapy

Intrabeam radiotherapy, which has go-ahead for NHS use, is given during surgery, eliminating need for additional hospital trips. Tens of thousands of breast cancer patients could benefit from a new type of radiotherapy which would be delivered during surgery instead of them having to take a course of treatment. Intrabeam radiotherapy has been given a provisional go-ahead for NHS use by the health finance watchdog. In draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care excellence (Nice) said the treatment option should be considered for people with early stage breast cancer. A single dose of radiotherapy could be more convenient for patients, Nice said. Some patients have to make 15 trips to hospital for radiotherapy, but the latest treatment could be given during breast surgery, reducing “disruption, stress and inconvenience”, the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer said.

Those at risk avoid bowel cancer kits

Only a third of Australians who were sent a bowel cancer screening kit returned a sample for testing, despite the disease being the second greatest cause of cancer-related deaths.

The federal government sends a free kit to eligible Australians aged 50, 55, 60 and 65, but figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Monday showed only 33.5 per cent of these people sent back a faecal sample for laboratory analysis last financial year. Of those who returned a sample, 7.5 per cent required a follow-up visit with a medical practitioner.

Almost 4000 Australians died from bowel cancer in 2012, making it the second most common cause of cancer-related death after lung cancer. In the budget, the government committed $96 million to implement biennial bowel cancer screening for Australians aged 50 to 74 by 2020.

“About 80 Australians die each week from bowel cancer, despite the fact that, if it’s detected early, it’s one of the most treatable cancers there is,” Health Minister Peter Dutton said. “Test kits were sent to 964,000 people, and about 333,000 returned a sample. The participation rate in 2012-13 was slightly lower than in the previous year, when 35 per cent of people returned a sample.

Skin: Slip, slop, slap ads lower cancer rates

The melanoma rate is plummeting among the slip, slap, slop generation, according to an 18-year study of teenagers and young adults. It shows the effectiveness of the sun safety messages, research leader Professor Adele Green said.”It has been one of the most successful cancer prevention campaigns”, said Professor Green, whose team reviewed melanoma cases among 15 to 24 year olds in Queensland from 1982 to 2010. The success would be similar for the rest of Australia, said Professor Green, who has spent more than three decades studying skin cancer at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland. Despite the fall, Queensland still has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. For people aged 20 to 24, the rate has fallen from 25 cases per 100,000 in 1996 to 14 per 100,000 in 2010.

Turning the Tide – Skin cancer rates fall for young Australian

Rates of non-melanoma skin cancer are finally dropping among younger Australians, according to a Queensland study. While the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer continued to increase in older Australians during the period studied, the QIMR found the first recorded drop in Australians aged under 45 – down 1.5 per cent a year and more than 10 per cent over the decade – with even more rapid decreases in younger age groups. This is Great News for all working to prevent the unnecessary suffering caused by skin cancer. Dr Guy Hingston.

Obesity Spreading Worldwide

Almost a billion people in the developing world are now overweight or obese as they start to eat like people in the West. South Africa and Mexico have higher obesity rates than Britain, while rates have doubled in China in three decades, an analysis by the Overseas Development Institute has found. People in North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America are just as likely to be overweight as Europeans after an obesity explosion, says a study of statistics from the World Health Organisation and elsewhere. Rising incomes in poorer countries account for some of the change, but that does not mean governments could not do more to stem the rising ride of obesity. One in four adults in the developing world is now obese or overweight; numbers rose from 250 million in 1908 to 904 million in 2008.

Obesity now Cancer’s new best friend

Obesity has become the biggest preventable risk factor for cancer in Australia after smoking, experts have warned. A World Health Organisation report has confirmed the huge global toll from cancer, which is now the world’s biggest killer, responsible for 8.2 million deaths a year and rising. The World Cancer Report predicts that the number of cases will increase 75 per cent over the next two decades, topping 20 million new cases a year by 2025.

New breast cancer research regarding the Symphony® suite of genomic tests (MammaPrint®, BluePrint® and TargetPrint®)

New breast cancer research incorporating the Symphony® suite of genomic tests (MammaPrint®, BluePrint® and TargetPrint®) will be presented in 10 scientific posters at the upcoming 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), Dec. 10-14.

“These ten studies further demonstrate Agendia’s continued commitment to providing the oncology community and their breast cancer patients with the most comprehensive and validated picture of tumor biology available in the market,” said Neil Barth, M.D., Agendia’s Chief Medical Officer.

Symphony is the only widely available test suite providing molecular subtyping — a recent advancement in breast cancer prognosis and treatment that is highlighted in several SABCS posters. The second-generation MammaPrint test provides definitive High Risk or Low Risk information about breast cancer recurrence, with no “intermediate” results.

Cancer Vaccination Victory

The HPV jab has halved the number of the precancerous lesions in young vaccinated Victorian women. Research shows that five years after the immunisation program started, the number of serious cervical abnormalities has fallen. Previous studies have shown a decrease in the prevalence of human papillomavirus in the population but Victorian Cytology Service (VCS) study director Professor Marion Saville said this was the first study to prove that the decline was due to vaccination. The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, found that a population-based HPV vaccination program in schools significantly reduced cervical abnormalities for vaccinated women.

Too Busy for Breast Cancer Screening

One in two women are increasing their risk of breast cancer by skipping regular mammograms simply because they are too busy, according to alarming new research. Breast Screen NSW recently surveyed 1000 women aged 50-74 and found half missed their regular appointment, with most citing a “lack of time” as the reason despite 95 per cent agreeing the free screening could save their life. “Twelve women get diagnosed every day in NSW and 17 a week die of breast cancer, and many of these deaths don’t need to happen because screening can pick up a cancer as small as a grain of rice before it’s even able to be felt,” Cancer Institute of NSW deputy CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda said.

I consider breast cancer screening time well spent, particularly if it saves your life! Dr Guy Hingston.

New Dr Guy Hingston YouTube Video

View the new YouTube link, produced in association with Healthy North Coast and North Coast Medicare Local

Meter warns of sunburn risk

The Cancer Council WA wants public UV index meters installed in school playgrounds and at popular beaches, parks and sporting grounds to warn of sunburn and skin cancer risks.

Australia’s first public UV index meter, which measures solar radiation intensity every minute, was switched on at Deep Water Point in Mt Pleasant this week. The real-time UV index meter, which only recently became possible with new technology, would show when the UV level was above three – the level when people are advised to protect themselves from the sun.

Sounds like a good idea – to help people know how much radiation they are receiving from the big radiator in the sky.

Dr Guy Hingston.

Alcohol Consumption Before Pregnancy Increases Breast Cancer Risk

A paper, published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, shows alcohol intake between a woman’s first period and her first pregnancy – when breast tissue is undergoing rapid growth – is associated with her likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Victorian Smoking Rates at All Time Low

Smoking rates in Victoria continue to fall with just 13 per cent of Victorians now smoking regularly and young people turning their back on the habit, new figures show. This means less people will have an early demise due to lung cancer, chronic airways disease, heart attack, stroke, etc. etc.

A new tool to help women predict their risk of developing cancer…

Women who want to avoid breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer should avoid booze and cigarettes, keep their weight low, have children early and avoid oral contraceptives. A breakthrough new tool developed at the National Cancer Institute in the USA released today allows women to predict their absolute risk of developing breast ovarian and endometrial cancer. Dr Guy Hingston.

Smokers made to stop before surgery allowed

Smokers will be asked to quit their habit before surgery and will be referred for help while on waiting lists under new medical guidelines. In an effort to better protect patients, a strengthened smoking policy from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists will require all elective surgery patients to be asked whether they smoke, and for tobacco users to be given referrals to help them quit before their operations.
ANZCA president Dr Lindy Roberts said the guidelines would offer smokers the best chance to avoid life-threatening complications by providing them with support. Dr Guy Hingston.

Angelina Jolie

It was courageous of Angelina Jolie to go public on her bilateral mastectomy & reconstruction, although we are now doing this surgery more often for women who are breast cancer gene (BRCA1 or 2) positive. Preventing breast cancer is much better than trying to cure it! Guy Hingston.

Fatal Toll of Cancer Test Snub

Australians are shunning the cancer test that could save their lives with about half those eligible refusing the chance to be screening for bowel, breast and cervical cancer. The latest data shows just 40 per cent of the three million Australians aged over 50 who were sent a free bowel cancer test in the mail completed it in the first five years of the government program. This is despite researchers estimating 20-30 lives per week could be saved by a higher take-up rate. Similarly, only 55 per cent of women are undergoing breast screens and just 57 per cent are having tests for cervical cancer, the Department of Health and Ageing told a Senate estimates committee. Guy Hingston.

RACGP launches 8th Edition of the ‘Red Book’

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has just launched the 8th Edition of the Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice (the red book). This is a synthesis of evidence-based guidelines from Australian and international sources and provides recommendations for everyday use in general practice. The red book provides a single entry point to common conditions seen in Australian general practice and offers practical advice on the kind of screening and services that should be provided to the general population.

Breast Cancer Screening Halves Risk of Death from Breast Cancer

One of the largest breast screening studies in the world found women halve their risk of dying from breast cancer if they are screened regularly. The research involving about 4000 women from the Western Australian BreastScreen program found screening rates were much lower among women who died from breast cancer. The results were similar to studies carried out in South Australia and around the world, according to the study just published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
By comparing the results with other studies, researchers estimated regular breast screens reduced the risk of death by 49 per cent.

Prevention: Eat less and live longer

Eating 40 per cent less food could extend a person’s life by 20 years, according to scientists. Age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegeneration could be combated by reducing food intake, it is claimed. Researchers at the Institute of Health Ageing at University College London is looking at how the life of a rat can be increased by up to 30 per cent by reducing its food. One of the study’s lead researchers said: “If you reduce the diet of a rat by 40 per cent it will live for 20 or 30 per cent longer. So we would be talking 20 years of human life.”

Federal Government increases Bowel Screen Funding

The life-saving National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will be expanded under the 2012-13 Budget to provide additional screenings to people aged 60 and 70. The program will receive a $49.7 million boost and be extended to screen Australians turning 60 from 2013 and 70 from 2015. This achieves regular five yearly screening for the at-risk population between 50 and 70 years of age. The program will be further extended in 2017-18, when a phased implementation of biennial screening will commence, beginning with 72 year olds. Invitations to undergo screening every two years will then be progressively extended to all Australians between 50 and 74 years of age. Currently, bowel cancer screening is provided free to people aged 50, 55 and 65.

Sharp rise in women with lung cancer

The rate of new lung cancer cases in Australia is raising sharply for women while dropping for men, new government data shows. The report, Lung Cancer in Australia: An overview, was released yesterday by the Australian Health and Welfare Institute and Cancer Australia. It revealed that the rate of new lung cancer diagnoses rose by 72 percent for women but fell by 32 per cent for men between 1982 and 2007.

The Gold Book is a proud sponsor of
Australian Cancer Council & National Breast Cancer Foundation