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Sanlam wellness rowing challenge

The Sanlam Wellness Rowing challenge, held recently at head office, was an initiative by the wellness champions and spearheaded by Elaine Kerchhoff and Bevan Louw – actuarial Wellness champions. The purpose of the event was a reminder to staff - in addition to being a follow-up to the Spinning Challenge  –  of optional ways [...]

By |2019-10-15T09:12:47+00:00Oct 15th, 2019|Active Living, Features, News, Wellness Events|0 Comments

Skin cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer: Basal call carcinoma (BCC) Squamous call carcinoma (SCC) Melanoma BCCs rarely spread and can almost always be treated locally. SCCs sometimes spread but are not usually highly aggressive. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer since it can spread quite early. All three types [...]

By |2019-10-14T11:23:41+00:00Oct 14th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women (breast cancer can and does affect men but only 1 in 100 cases are male), with some 2 million cases worldwide today. Risk factors include family history & genetics (including the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes), increasing age, obesity, lack of exercise, alcohol, young-onset menstruation, hormone [...]

By |2019-10-14T09:22:18+00:00Oct 14th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is mainly caused by smoking (90% of cases are linked to smoking, with the remaining 10% often linked to air pollution, second-hand smoke, or exposure to damaging chemicals like asbestos). Lung cancer affects more men than any other cancer, and is second only to breast cancer in women. Lung cancer becomes more [...]

By |2019-10-14T07:48:23+00:00Oct 14th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease (Alzheimer's) is characterised by gradual degeneration of the brain, typically beginning with short-term memory loss that progresses to full incapacity and withdrawal from society. Alzheimer's affects some 6% of people over 65, becoming more common as we age so that over 20% of those over 75 have Alzheimer's. NOTE FOR CLARITY: Dementia [...]

By |2019-09-10T12:29:23+00:00Sep 10th, 2019|Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer (cancer of the pancreas) is a very nasty cancer that is associated with a poor prognosis in most cases. It is most common in older people, the overweight, smokers, and those with a family history of pancreatic cancer. Heavy drinking (alcohol) has long been associated with an increased risk although more recent [...]

By |2019-07-30T15:07:47+00:00Jul 30th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Why is lifestyle change so hard?

We all want to be well, or more well. Perhaps it's more exercise, better sleep, less alcohol, losing weight, coping with stress more effectively, quitting smoking, or something else. But we all have that list in our heads, you know, the "I'd be really well if I could change xxxyyyzzz" list. But we have [...]

Know your numbers (before they kill you)

Health & wellness biometrics are the key and most commonly used measures of health & wellness. We usually include Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Blood Sugar here. These are sometimes also known as 'silent killers' because they can cause an increased risk of serious (potentially deadly) conditions like heart attack, stroke, [...]

By |2019-03-18T07:23:24+00:00Mar 18th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Colon cancer

Colon cancer (cancer of the colon and or rectum) is the third most common cancer worldwide, affecting approximately 5% of people in their lifetimes. It affects mainly older people (men slightly more at risk than women) with the main risk factors being diet (processed meats, red meats, alcohol), lack of exercise, smoking, and obesity. [...]

By |2019-03-05T06:47:43+00:00Mar 5th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, which is involved in producing seminal fluid (part of semen). It is the most common cancer affecting men, almost always older men (it's rare under 50), but it is not as deadly as you might think: 5-year survival is 90%+ and most men with prostate cancer die from [...]

By |2019-02-19T08:45:47+00:00Feb 19th, 2019|Features|0 Comments