Sexual health services comprise both sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment and contraception services. Our surgery provides the full range of contraceptive services.
Sexual Health services for Brent - including STI and HIV testing and care - are available locally:
This small gland lives between the penis and the bladder in front of the anus and is about the size of a walnut but may start growing in your 50s and can pinch the urethra - the tube carrying urine from the bladder which passes through it - leading to obstruction of the passage of urine. Enlarged prostates can be problematic and may require surgery later in life. The prostate can also become cancerous and it can become inflamed (prostatitis). Other than that it gets on peacefully with its job of contributing to the seminal fluid ejaculated at orgasm.
For an expose of the prostate and its problems see these NHS.UK pages
For an excellent NHS overview on Prostate Cancer look here
Prostate Cancer UK also has some excellent guides and a helpline.
Around 1 in 20 people get bowel cancer. The screening programme has been shown to pick up cancers at an earlier stage leading to more effective treatments.
Bowel Screening is a two stage process in the NHS:
The aorta is the main artery leading from the heart running down through the abdomen. It can weaken with age and bulge - an aortic aneurysm - and if it swells too much can rupture (burst) leading to an emergency with a high death rate. If picked up when smaller it can be successfully repaired to prevent the worst outcome and this screening procedure will help.
Some time around your 64th - 65th birthday you will be called up for a screening test which is carried out by a quick, painless ultrasound scan.
If a significant aneurysm is detected you need to be prepared to undergo a surgical repeat or there is no point in having the test. To help you decide whether to go for this test, read this leaflet .
To read about Aortic Aneuryms and screening click here