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November 2016 Archives

Early Onset Cancers May Be Missed By Blindly Following Recommendations

When it comes to any type of cancer, one of the keys to successful treatment and remission in a patient is to catch the disease as early as possible. Not only is recovery more likely, the treatment itself is often less invasive and patients can often undergo those treatments with minimal disruption to their lives. The American Cancer Society has issued several recommendations for when people should be screened for specific types of cancers. For example, women between 40-55 should get annual mammograms in an attempt to diagnose breast cancer. Both men and women should generally be screened for colon and/or rectal cancer via a colonoscopy every 10 years, starting at age 50. Suggestions are also made for more frequent, and less invasive tests, which are also less conclusive. Men between 45-50 are encouraged to talk to their doctors about screening for prostate cancer, depending on their family history or perceived risk factors. It's also recommended that most women between 21-65 should undergo testing every 3-5 years for cervical cancer.

Doctors errors and lack of informed consent aren't acceptable

When you are going to have a procedure done by your doctor, you should be told what the benefits and risks are for the procedure. This is known as informed consent. When you are harmed by a procedure in a manner that wasn't told to you beforehand, you might opt to seek compensation.

Quality of care matters greatly with heart attacks

Many things are critical when a person suffers a heart attack. One is them promptly getting the right care. The quality of care a heart attack victim gets at a hospital can have major implications on whether the heart attack proves fatal or not.