A report from the American Cancer Society revealed that breast cancer deaths fell 39 percent between 1989 and 2015 thanks to advances in medicine and early detection methods. At the same time, the organization expressed concern over another trend affecting Oklahoma and the rest of the country: an increase in the proportion of African-American women who die from breast cancer compared to women of other races. According to reports from 2015, black women have a 39 percent less chance of surviving than white women do.
Oklahoma residents may be interested to know that tongue cancer is an oral cancer that could be misdiagnosed by a physician. It is found in the squamous cells on the surface of the front two-thirds portion of the tongue. Cancer that is present in the remaining one third of the tongue falls under the category of head and neck cancer.
Medical malpractice in Oklahoma may take many forms, including disclosing confidential medical information about a patient without his or her consent. In a case in New Jersey, the court looked at whether or not the disclosure of confidential medical information to a third party by a doctor without a patient's consent was medical malpractice.
Oklahoma patients who have been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma should know that when physicians detect this form of skin cancer in its early stages, the prognosis is favorable. Mohs micrographic surgery produces a cure rate as high as 99 percent.
According to research, Oklahoma doctors who fat shame their patients could actually be causing them both mental and physical harm. The findings suggest that medical fat shaming and disrespectful treatment could prevent a person from seeking medical care when he or she needs it in order to avoid interacting with the providers.
Some families in Oklahoma could be affected by the potential federal rollback of protections for nursing home residents facing potential abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Currently, conditional pre-dispute arbitration agreements are prohibited in the nursing home sector. These agreements would require elderly adults or people with disabilities living in nursing homes and their families to waive their rights to pursue a lawsuit before a dispute arises.
Oklahoma may receive medications with drug strengths that are off by factor of 10. In fact, such mistakes are a common type of medication error. It is the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies to stop the issuance of 10-fold dosages to prevent the harm that can result.
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.
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.
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.