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AMS Webinar What's new The use of testosterone in women

AMS is pleased to bring you this webinar on the use of testosterone therapy in women. For GPs, endocrinologists, gynaecologists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. CPD points apply. Learn more here.

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Are you at risk of breast cancer?

Are you worried you may be at risk of breast cancer?

Put the risk factors for breast cancer in perspective – the greatest risk factor for breast cancer is a family history of breast cancer in a close relative.

The next major risk factor for breast cancer is increasing age so that breast cancer under the age of 35 years is much less common than breast cancer after the age of fifty.

Other risk factors such as late menopause, late first birth, HRT use and alcohol consumption are much smaller risk factors for breast cancer.

Did you know that women who consume a low fat diet and women who exercise regularly have a lower risk of breast cancer?

The benefits of low fat diets and regular exercise on heart disease are well publicized but the associated lowered risk of breast cancer is poorly advertised.

Understanding risk

Cancer Australia has a dedicated website Breast Cancer The risk factors that provides comprehensive information concerning risk.

"As a woman, over the course of your lifetime there are many factors that can influence your risk of breast cancer.

While some of the most important of these risk factors, such as being a woman, getting older or having a strong family history cannot be changed, you can still aim to reduce risk of breast cancer through making healthy lifestyle choices and other risk-reducing strategies.

You can also improve your chance of better outcomes by being breast aware and knowing what to do about finding breast cancer early."

Breast Cancer The risk factors

Risk Calculator 

 iPrevent

This web-based tool https://www.petermac.org/iprevent is available to help women understand their personal breast cancer risk and then act on it. It is designed to be used collaboratively by women and their doctors. Women can use it at home, print the output, and bring it to a consultation for discussion.

i Prevent

Content Updated January 2021

Risk Checker - 5 minute health questionnaire

hd risk checkerThis 5-minute health questionnaire will assess your risk for:

  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • kidney disease

We will also give you practical tips on how to lower your risks.

This tool is NOT intended for people who are under 18 years or for women who are pregnant.

Check risk here

  

Content created February 2020

Self Assessment Tools

Information and tools to assist in understanding and assessing risks factors for bone health, breast cancer and cardivascular disease.

Glossary of Terms

A description of words and terms used in menopause and women's health is available from:

Glossary of Terms

 

Content updated February 2020

Are you at risk of osteoporotic fracture?

FRAX® tool

The FRAX® tool has been developed by WHO to evaluate fracture risk of patients. It is based on individual patient models that integrate the risks associated with clinical risk factors as well as bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck.

The FRAX® models have been developed from studying population-based cohorts from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. In their most sophisticated form, the FRAX® tool is computer-driven and is available on this site. Several simplified paper versions, based on the number of risk factors are also available, and can be downloaded for office use.

The FRAX® algorithms give the 10-year probability of fracture. The output is a 10-year probability of hip fracture and the 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture (clinical spine, forearm, hip or shoulder fracture).

There is a version available for

 

See the FRAX® website at https://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/index.aspx 

Osteoporosis Risk Check Online 

The IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check is intended as a tool to raise awareness of factors which are known to increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. This risk check is not a diagnostic tool: only a doctor can diagnose osteoporosis. Although the replies are generated based on information you provide, they are general in nature and may not be relevant to your individual circumstances. Please consult a doctor to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

 http://riskcheck.iofbonehealth.org/

osteoporosis risk check 2019

 

Osteoporosis Risk Check Leaflet pdfOsteoporosis Risk Check Leaflet

osteoporosis risk check leaflet 2019

Content updated October 2019

Know your bones

Bone fracture risk assessment: 

An Australian-first bone health self-assessment tool designed to help consumers understand their bone fracture risk has been produced by Osteoporosis Australia and Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

www.knowyourbones.org.au

Know your bones

The processs involves completing the assessment to generate a report which can be saved for discussion with your doctor.

Content upated 24 June 2016

Know your chances

The National Cancer Institute of the US has developed a website of interactive risk charts to put cancer in context.

It's difficult to read a newspaper or magazine, watch television, or surf the Internet without hearing about cancer. Unfortunately, these messages are often missing basic facts needed for people to understand their chance of cancer: the magnitude of the chance and how it compares with the chance of other diseases.

Risk charts present these basic facts by showing the chance of dying from a variety of cancer and other diseases over specific time frames. Because age, sex and race are so important in determining your chances, the charts let you account for these factors. While other factors make an important difference (like smoking or having a serious disease run in your family), the numbers from the charts will get you into the right ballpark.

In the image below we have chosen a female age 50 years to view risk.

Go to http://knowyourchances.cancer.gov/your_chances.php to view your own age. 

cancer risk

Content updated 13 January 2016

Statin/Aspirin Choice Decision Aid

The risk calculator allows you to use one of three methods of assessing your risk of cardiovascular disease and whether you should be on extra medication. It should be used in consultation with your doctor.

The best known is the Framingham calculator which has been used for many years. The Reynolds calculator has been designed specifically for women and the AHA/ACC calculator is the newest. You do need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol results.

The Framingham calculator allows you to use Australian and New Zealand results more easily than the two other options. 

Go to http://statindecisionaid.mayoclinic.org/ 

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Brief instructions on use

Go to website http://statindecisionaid.mayoclinic.org/

mayo risk1

 Select Current Risk

mayo risk2

Select Framingham and enter details then select Current Risk at base of screen 

mayo risk3

 The risk is calculated then you can see what would happen with intervention

mayo risk4

Current and Future Risk are compared 

mayo risk5

 

Content updated February 2014

Are you at risk of cardiovascular disease?

The risk of a woman developing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), particularly of the arteries which supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries) increases with age. 

It is uncertain whether oestrogen deficiency after menopause accelerates atherosclerosis over and above that due to ageing.

Non-modifiable risk factors:

  • increasing age
  • having family history of heart disease

A number of modifiable factors influence a woman's risk of developing atherosclerosis and the
Heart Foundation (https://www.heartfoundation.org.au) provides information about risk reduction for each factor:

  • smoking - both active smoking and being exposed  to second-hand smoke
  • high blood cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • being physically inactive
  • being overweight
  • depression, social isolation and lack of quality support

See  Know your risks:
https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/know-your-risks

Content Updates 22 June 2016

 

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