April 29, 2014

In Fact, Probably Even More

1 12 Million US Adults Misdiagnosed Yearly

A study by researchers at the University of Texas at Houston has concluded that some twelve million adult Americans, or one in every twenty, are incorrectly diagnosed each year and as a result either told that they have a medical problem when they don't, or given a clean bill of health when they in fact have a problem requiring treatment. As a result, about half of all misdiagnoses have the potential to place the patient's health at serious risk. Moreover, researchers cautioned, their estimated 5 percent misdiagnosis rate is probably low, because the data used was based on primary care patients and lung and colon cancer patients, and did not take into consideration numerous less common diseases and conditions which can be a challenge to correctly diagnose.

More at Vox.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Alzheimer's Cases Often Misdiagnosed

Tags: Medical Errors, Medical Misdiagnoses, 12 Million American Misdiagnosed, Number of Incorrect Diagnoses Per Year

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Rare FDA Warning

2 Surgery to Remove Fibroids May Spread Cancer

The FDA urged doctors to stop performing power morcellation, a surgical procedure used to remove uterine fibroids and also the uterus itself, saying it may spread hidden cancers within a woman’s body. The FDA, in agreement with the opinion of a growing population of researchers and physicians, issued the warning but isn’t seeking to ban the practice. Their analysis found that 1 in 350 women who undergo the procedure have an unsuspected form of uterine cancer. “When you consider what the benefit is, which is a shorter hospital stay and less pain, then consider what the risk is — this could kill you — most women would not choose that risk if they really understood what is at stake,” said Diana Zuckerman, president, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund.

More at Www.WashingtonPost.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Low Vitamin D Linked to Uterine Fibroids

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Uterine Cancer, Uterine Fibroids, Uterus, Hidden Cancers, Power Morcellation, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, Diana Zuckerman

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