Entries by Miriam Lee

Change in Cervical Cancer Screening

Studies have demonstrated more than 99% of cervical pathology (disease) is linked to the presences of human papillomavirus (HPV). Therefore the detection of the virus in exfoliated cells in the vagina may prove to be a more efficient way of screening women for pre-cancer cells and invasive cancer than rather than using cytology (conventional pap […]

6 Fertility Facts

If you’re trying to conceive and not falling pregnant, here is some information that may assist you: When are you most fertile during your menstrual cycle? 6 days in each cycle; 5days before ovulation and day of ovulation. When is the semen quality at its optimum level? After two to three days of ejaculatory abstinence; […]

Therapeutic Benefits of Exercise

One of the top four causes of ill-health in modern society is a sedentary lifestyle. Being physically active is not just preventative in protecting against illness, it is therapeutic in recovering from social, mental and physical disadvantage. Depression – is the most common mental illness worldwide. A recent study involving nearly 2 million people has […]

Iodine in pregnancy

It has been noted for many years that Iodine is an essential micronutrient in pregnancy. Severe iodine deficiency in the mother can lead to cretinism and mental retardation in the newborn. World Health Organiziation has listed maternal iodine deficiency as a main cause of newborn brain impairment worldwide. The developing fetus is dependent on the […]


As well as raising a woman’s risk of breast cancer, obesity is strongly linked to endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus/womb). This is caused by the excessive fat cells converting natural male type hormones to oestrogen derivative hormones. The excess oestrogen effect causes stimulation to the lining of the uterus. This is not opposed by […]

IVF and Breast Cancer Risk

For many years, studies have linked oestrogen and progestogen hormones to the risk of breast cancer. This association is complex and includes both endogenous and exogenous hormones. Recently researchers have raised the question about risks of breast cancer with IVF treatment as there are significant hormone manipulation during an IVF cycle. Through this study researchers […]

Body Fatness and Cancer Risk

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s latest report has advised that an increase in body fatness relates to increased risks of cancer development. Body fatness and weight gain throughout one’s lifetime are largely determined by modifiable risk factors, such as excess energy intake (unhealthy amounts of food and drink) and physical inactivity (low amounts […]

Health & Development Aid Abroad

Dr Lee has also been able to carry out medical aid work here in Australia as well as abroad. This is through being a Committee Member of the board for Health and Development Aid Abroad – Australia Fund Inc.www.hada.org.au – HADA is a volunteer organization established since 1998 for establishing medical, educational, and agricultural and […]

Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic Congo DRC 2013

In late August 2013, I had the opportunity of visiting and working in Goma Congo DRC. I worked at the Heal Africa Hospital Goma. (www.healafrica.org) I was there to teach the local Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Dr Justin Lussy about using colposcopy for cervical cancer screening. Unfortunately, in the whole of Congo there is no form […]