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Articles and Features: October 2009

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • What is prostate cancer? What is prostate cancer?Prostate cancer is a cancer that arises in the prostate gland. In the UK, it is the second most common cancer in men. (The most common is non-melanoma skin cancer.) Just under 35 000 men each year...
  • Long term care health insurance – a good investment? Long term care health insurance – a good investment?As the name suggests, long term care is defined as care for a chronic condition or disability, which is likely to be required for a long term, often for the rest of your life. This care can range...
  • Family dental insurance – a good investment? Family dental insurance – a good investment? The cost of dental care in the UK has become a topic of great concern for many families in recent years. Changes in the way National Health Service (NHS) dentists are funded resulted in many of...
  • Teeth whitening clinics – are they safe? Teeth whitening clinics – are they safe?Teeth whitening clinics are able to remove stains and discolouration from teeth to make them look whiter and healthier. Teeth whitening lightens the natural colour of your teeth without removing any...
  • Breast uplifts – should I have surgery? Breast uplifts – should I have surgery?If you are unhappy with the way your breasts have changed in the last few years, you might be considering breast uplift surgery. Your breasts may change shape for many reasons such as relaxation of...
  • Choosing the best hearing aid for you Choosing the best hearing aid for youWhile they can't deliver perfect hearing, a hearing aid can make life easier by enabling you to hear more than you could before. If your hearing has been getting worse for some time, it can mean you...
  • Choosing a surgeon for LASIK eye surgery Choosing a surgeon for LASIK eye surgeryLaser-in-situ-keratomileusis, or LASIK reshapes the cornea to correct long or short sightedness using a very precise laser to cut a small flap in the eye's surface to correct the focus. It is not a...
  • Home paternity tests – how do they work? Home paternity tests – how do they work?Home paternity tests are not, in fact, carried out entirely in your home. The sampling can be done at home, but the actual tests are carried out in the laboratories of the company that you commission...
  • LASEK eye surgery – choosing a clinic LASEK eye surgery – choosing a clinicLaser sub-epithelial keratomileusis, or LASEK, is the latest in laser eyesight correction, which combines the best features of other laser surgery styles such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ...
  • Alcohol abuse treatments – what are the options? Alcohol abuse treatments – what are the options?Alcohol abuse means drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis. Defining too much is quite difficult – the safe long term limits vary with body mass and sex and other factors, such as genetics and...