Some Oregon women may find that an ultrasound is a good supplement to a mammogram for detecting breast cancer. Researchers in a study that appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined nearly 3,000 women and found that while they had pros and cons, ultrasounds were ultimately as good at mammograms in detecting breast cancer.
Oregonians who have been diagnosed with cancer may know that the disease isn't necessarily confined to one part of the body. Cancer that becomes mobile within the body is known as metastatic cancer, and it can spread via numerous mechanisms depending on issues like the condition of a patient's immune system, the starting location of the tumor and other health factors.
Although skin cancer is not usually fatal, Oregon residents might be surprised that 74,000 people will receive a melanoma diagnosis in 2015, according to estimates from the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, it estimates that melanoma will take the lives of over 9,900 people. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found that visual skin cancer may not be enough to make a proper diagnosis and could be harmful.
Pneumonia can occur in anyone, particularly if they have a respiratory infection such as the flu and laryngitis. However, there are over 30 causes of pneumonia, and some people are more at risk than others of coming down with it. This is why it could help some Oregon residents to better understand the illness and their risk of developing it.
Some patients in Oregon and throughout the United States may at some point have been subject to faulty diagnostic tests. This is a issue that may be more common than many people realize.
At some point in their lives, it is likely that Oregon patients will be misdiagnosed with a condition. The problem with a misdiagnosis is that the patient will begin to receive unneeded care from a condition that they do not actually have while the search for the real medical problem stops. While rare illnesses are the most likely to be misdiagnosed, more common life-threatening disorders and diseases such as heart attacks, drug overdoses and strokes are also sometimes missed.
Cancer is a serious concern of many Oregon residents and their health care providers. Preventive measures that may be discussed during routine care include diet modifications, exercise and screening. However, medical recommendations related to cancer screening have changed in recent years. One example is PSA testing for prostate cancer. A task force noted in 2012 that this test was resulting in harmful treatments and negative outcomes for many men who showed little risk for the disease. In many cases, slow-growing cancers were treated aggressively, resulting in side effects because of unnecessary surgery and radiation therapy.
Although physicians in Oregon generally try to make accurate diagnoses, studies repeatedly reveal that mistakes are common. For example, cellulitis, a serious bacterial infection of the skin and soft tissue, is far too frequently misdiagnosed, studies have shown.
Although Oregon residents may demonstrate signs of hypersensitivity to medications such as aspirin, these reactions do not necessarily constitute allergies. Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis of allergic reaction could lead to halting a cardiac treatment that is typically effective and affordable. Although a true allergy to aspirin is possible, a patient with signs of a possible allergy could benefit dramatically from being referred to an allergy specialist for further evaluation.
Oregon residents may not know that groin hernias are frequently not diagnosed correctly, especially when they occur in women. Although this problem has been known for 40 years, many doctors still do not know what to look for when they are reviewing CT scans of the region.