• Detecting bowel cancer early saves livesDetecting bowel cancer early saves lives

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1-30 April) to encourage everyone who is eligible to make use of the bowel cancer screening programme, and to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of the disease.

    Dr Tracy Owen, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the PHA, said: “Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in Northern Ireland with about 1,200 people diagnosed with the disease each year. However, the good news is that the earlier bowel cancer is detected, the more successful the treatment is likely to be.


  • Lambing season advice for pregnant womenLambing season advice for pregnant women

    Lambing season is well under way and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season.
    The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be pregnant, to reduce their risk of miscarriage and infection by avoiding close contact with sheep during lambing season, which runs until around the end of April.

  • Early diagnosis crucial to tackling TBEarly diagnosis crucial to tackling TB

    On World TB Day (Friday 24 March), the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the importance of preventing transmission of tuberculosis and how to recognise its symptoms early.

  • Salt Awareness Week – check the labelsSalt Awareness Week – check the labels

    This Salt Awareness Week (20-26 March) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the dangers of eating too much salt and asking everyone  to check food labels to see how much salt is in our food.

  • Know your limits if drowning the shamrock this St Patrick’s DayKnow your limits if drowning the shamrock this St Patrick’s Day

    As people get ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone who chooses to drink to keep an eye on their alcohol intake, emphasising the dangers of binge drinking and the effects that excess alcohol can have on our health and our safety.

    The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Michael Owen said: “A lot of people will be making plans to meet up with their friends and family tomorrow to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and we are encouraging them to keep an eye on their alcohol intake should they choose to drink.

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The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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Detecting bowel cancer early saves lives

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1-30 April) to encourage everyone who is eligible to make use of the bowel cancer screening programme, and to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of the disease.

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Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2016/17

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - Publication

The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.

 

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Smoking and your health and wellbeing

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - Publication

This leaflet outlines the effects of smoking on mental wellbeing; shows how quitting will make you feel better; describes how you can quit; and highlights where to get help and support. It is available from health promotion/improvement departments...

Lambing season advice for pregnant women

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - News

Lambing season is well under way and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season.

The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be pregnant, to reduce th...