Oregon oncologists might have learned that the rates of cervical cancer fatalities may be much higher than originally expected. A study published in the journal Cancer showed that black women were 77 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer than previously thought while white women were 47 percent more likely.
Although cancer continues to threaten people's lives in Oregon, the American Cancer Society has released a report that shows that deaths from cancer have declined by 25 percent nationwide since 1991. Changes in medical procedures and lifestyle have contributed to this improvement.
Wisconsin women who suffer from reproductive diseases might be interested in learning that medical professionals may have more difficulty diagnosing certain problematic conditions. Endometriosis, an ailment characterized by the uterus' internal endometrium lining growing outside of the organ, is known to cause infertility, pain that worsens over time and a number of other symptoms.
Some Oregon residents may believe that only older individuals are at risk for strokes. However, this is not the case. In fact, approximately 10 percent of strokes are suffered by those between the ages of 18 and 50. A recent Dutch study showed that one-third of those individuals were found to still be left suffering from loss of function and disability nine years after they suffered the stroke.
Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest type of mesothelioma cancer for patients in Oregon and nationwide, with only around 100 reported cases on record. It is also frequently misdiagnosed.
Oregon women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant soon should be aware of the tests that can be used to identify any possible medical complications with the fetus. One of those tests is a follow-up MRI scan that can be taken after the ultrasound at the midpoint of the pregnancy and can improve the diagnosis of a fetal brain abnormality.
According to figures from the American Cancer Society released in January 2016, pancreatic cancer is predicted to soon become the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Oregon and around the country. The nationwide health organization predicts that the disease will have claimed the lives of 41,780 Americans by the end of the year. Only lung cancer and colon cancer cause more cancer-related deaths in the United States.
On Dec. 5, it was announced that a quick diagnostic test for hepatitis C, also known as HCV, has become the first to be prequalified by the World Health Organization. The WHO prequalifies tests that it finds to reach a certain standard in terms of safety and reliability. While there are other rapid HCV tests, they are expensive or poor quality. This test, developed by a company in South Korea, takes five to 20 minutes to return results on human blood, serum or plasma. The test can be done by someone with minimal training outside of a hospital facility with no electricity.
Individuals in Oregon and across the United States may have been told that they have an allergy to penicillin, which means taking it again might cause a serious allergic reaction. However, some of these individuals may have either grown out of the allergy or were misdiagnosed to begin with. Since many individuals who have been informed they have an allergy to penicillin have not been tested since the initial reaction, an assertion of penicillin allergy may be false.
Doctors are not infallible, and one of the most common mistakes that health care practitioners in Oregon and around the country make is a diagnostic error. A doctor could fail to diagnose a patient, diagnose a patient with a condition that they do not have or take an unreasonably long time to correctly diagnose a patient. If any of these errors causes a patient harm, the injured patient could sue the doctor for medical malpractice.