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Many men do not benefit from early prostate cancer surgery

A study of prostate cancer patients has shown that for most men with early-stage, non-aggressive prostate cancer are unlikely to benefit from surgery. In some cases, Oklahoma men with this type of prostate cancer have actually experienced worsened medical conditions following the surgery due to side effects like erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.

Ovarian cancer myths

Oklahoma women may have heard that talc products can cause ovarian cancer, but there is no scientific consensus that this is the case. Furthermore, a family history of ovarian cancer does not mean that a person will get cancer. On the other hand, people should not think that if they do not have this family history that they are safe from ovarian cancer.

Failure to diagnose illness causes catastrophic results

A failure to diagnose an illness or disease can be a major issue in medical malpractice cases in Oklahoma and across the country. In a Missouri case decided earlier in 2017, a clinic was ordered to provide nearly $29 million in compensation after its practitioners failed to diagnose a patient's Wilson's disease.

Oklahoma a hot spot for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Transmitted by tick bites, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a disease that is difficult to diagnose and is potentially fatal. The bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia causes the disease in humans bitten by ticks carrying the infection. Infections emerge throughout North and South America, and cases are especially prevalent in Oklahoma and neighboring states. Three species of ticks, the American Dog tick, the Rocky Mountain Wood tick and the Brown Dog tick, carry the bacterium.

Understanding strokes

The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 130,000 people throughout Oklahoma and the rest nation die from strokes each year. This is the equivalent to one out of every 20 U.S. deaths in the nation being attributed to a stroke.

High rate of misdiagnosis among multiple sclerosis patients

Treatment advances may have improved outcomes for Oklahoma patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, but a 2017 survey found that many still have a trouble wading through multiple false diagnoses and finding doctors who understand the disease. The three-month survey, which was taken by patients online, identified common symptoms and problems experienced in the community.

Virtual second opinion services could help patients

When Oklahoma patients seek treatment for their medical problems, they could face the risk of experiencing diagnostic errors. Even if the errors end up not being harmful, they can be costly and lead to unnecessary treatments. One way to reduce the rate of diagnostic errors is to get second opinions.

Moles and the diagnosis of melanoma

Oklahoma residents who are fair-skinned, who have a family history of melanoma or a history of severe sunburn in childhood, or who are regularly exposed to the sun might have a higher risk of developing melanoma. While only 1 percent of all skin cancers diagnosed are melanoma, the American Cancer Society reports that most deaths from skin cancer are the result of that particular type.

Not all people with high blood pressure need treatment

A study completed at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre indicates that about a fifth of individuals treated for hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, actually do not require the treatment. The reason for this is that many Oklahoma residents do not actually have the problem, which is that blood exerts too much pressure on artery walls.

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