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Failure to diagnose can make skin cancer much more dangerous

For New Jersey patients suffering from squamous cell skin cancer, one of the most important aspects of successful treatment is early detection. Squamous cell carcinoma has a very high cure rate with minimal damage when it is detected and removed.

Fat shaming by doctors could be hazardous to patient health

New Jersey residents rely on their doctors to be honest, informative and accurate when giving them medical advice. But some psychologists believe that medical doctors may do harm if they cross the line from advising lifestyle changes to what could be classified as shaming their patients. At issue is fat shaming, which, according to research presented to the American Psychological Association, can damage patients mentally and physically and may be a form of malpractice.

Medical error statistics

New Jersey residents might be surprised to learn about how deadly medical mistakes are. Heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease were believed to be the top three leading causes of death in 2013, but a study from Johns Hopkins University reports that the third leading cause of death in 2013 was actually medical errors.

Surgery for early prostate cancer may not be beneficial

Some New Jersey residents may be among the 160,000 or so men who have been or will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. It has also been estimated that more than 26,000 will die from this form of cancer. Because the majority of those who are diagnosed are in the early stages, one common treatment has been surgery. However, a study showed that this treatment provided few benefits.

Clinic responsible for failing to diagnose rare condition

A failure to diagnose a condition can be one of the most devastating types of medical malpractice faced by New Jersey patients and their families. The time lost in treatment for some diseases can lead to irreparable harm in certain cases.

Alzheimer's patients at risk of misdiagnosis

New Jersey Alzheimer's disease patients who also experience symptoms of psychosis are at a particula risk for misdiagnosis, a study suggests. People with Alzheimer's who experience symptoms like hallucinations and delusions are far more apt to be misdiagnosed as having Lewy body dementia.

Reducing wrong-patient errors

Medical errors that result from misidentified patients plague the health care system in New Jersey and throughout the country. In an effort to improve the identification and tracking of patients, the Air Force Medical Service has chosen to use a two-point identification process. Air Force medical personnel will now ask for a patient's full name and date of birth at multiple stages of care giving.

Unnecessary testing commonplace for breast cancer patients

New Jersey patients who have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer should monitor their health, but the American Society of Clinical Oncology warns that many people without symptoms undergo tests with no proven benefit. Surveillance guidelines developed by the ASCO do not recommend advanced imaging or tumor-marker tests. for this patient population.

Understanding who may be at risk for stroke

New Jersey residents could have a stroke at any age. Each year, nearly 800,000 people experience one, and of those, more than 130,000 will die. While a stroke is not necessarily fatal, it can bring about short and long-term health issues. There are many risk factors may increase the possibility of having a stroke such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Difficulties for multiple sclerosis patients

According to a survey conducted in early 2017, sufferers of multiple sclerosis in New Jersey and the rest of the nation are often misdiagnosed and receive inadequate treatment. The survey, which received responses from approximately 5,300 patients, also determined that pain and fatigue are the two symptoms that significantly affect the quality of their lives.

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