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Ultrasounds may be good supplements to mammograms

Some women in New York and throughout the United States may benefit from ultrasounds to detect breast cancer. According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, ultrasounds have some advantages over mammograms.

Asthma patients may be misdiagnosed with other conditions

A lot of people in New York could have asthma and not even know it, according to a recent survey. Researchers from the medical and scientific department of GlaxoSmithKline in Italy surveyed thousands of patients and found that many of them may have asthma despite being diagnosed with a different respiratory disease. They found evidence that underdiagnosis of asthma is a common problem.

Visual detection of skin cancer questioned

New York residents concerned about the possible health implications of a mole or blemish may be wise to not rely exclusively on a visual skin inspection performed by a doctor, according to researchers from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The independent panel of experts released their recommendations and a review of their findings looking into visual skin cancer screening on Dec. 1. The National Cancer Institute says that 74,000 Americans will have been diagnosed with melanoma by the end of 2015, and almost 10,000 of them will eventually succumb to the disease.

Early detection of prostate cancer declines

New York health care providers are among those who have been affected by changing recommendations for cancer screening. A conclusion made by the United States Preventive Services Task Force in 2012 noted that PSA testing to screen for prostate cancer was potentially causing more problems than it was solving due to issues such as unnecessary surgical procedures and radiation activity. These problems typically occurred in men who were not at a significant risk of death due to the slow-growing nature of the cancers involved.

Common misdiagnosis of aspirin allergy

Many New York residents who have cardiovascular disease treat it with aspirin. However, according to a new study, many patients who have been told they have an aspirin allergy and cannot use it for treatment may not be allergic. The study was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting

Distinguishing between hemorrhoids and more serious conditions

Many New York residents will rely on Internet information to treat an irritating physical condition, but it is important to understand the importance of a proper medical diagnosis in certain situations. Rectal and colon issues, for example, can be mistaken for hemorrhoids due to similarities in symptoms. Unfortunately, ignoring a more serious condition could lead to a delay in treatment, which could also decrease the potential for a good outcome.

Early detection of breast cancer important for survival chances

New York women should know that a study demonstrated that catching breast cancer at an early stage still matters when it comes to determining how long a cancer patient is likely to live after diagnosis. The study was published in a medical journal in October 2015.

The importance of proper diagnosis in New York

According to a study done in 2013, doctors believed that the misdiagnosis rate for cancer was between zero and 10 percent. However, a 2014 study published in a peer-reviewed health care journal found that the number was actually 28 percent. Errors were most prevalent in cases involving breast or lung cancer. Providing patients with the proper diagnosis and treatment plan is especially important because it doubled the likelihood of survival in a survey of 10,000 British patients.

Misdiagnosis may lead to patient harm

As many New York residents know, many patients are injured or subjected to improper treatment yearly from medical errors that range from prescribing the wrong medication to wrong-site surgery. One medical liability insurance company found that in a three-year period, 313 claims were due to diagnostic error out of the 2,000 that were reviewed. It resulted in a cost to the company of $47.2 million in payouts and investigation expenses.

Frequent misdiagnosis of Lyme disease

Some patients in New York may be suffering from Lyme disease without even knowing it. According to the results of a survey published by, 61 percent of people with the disease do not receive a correct diagnosis for at least two years. In many cases, the symptoms of Lyme disease are mistaken for mood disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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