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Women don't go back for mammograms after false positives

Many Pennsylvania women undergo regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If a woman receives a false-positive result from a mammogram, she may believe that she has cancer until further tests reveal that she does not. A study has found that the trauma of such a false-positive result may cause many women to skip subsequent mammograms.

Prostate cancer treatment declines as PSA tests become rarer

Fewer men in Pennsylvania and around the country are being treated for prostate cancer as more and more physicians question the merits of a controversial blood test. Prostate-specific antigen testing has been widely used to detect early-stage prostate cancer in men over the age of 50, but critics of the procedure say that it often signals the presence of cancer when there is none. This leads to unnecessary anxiety and invasive treatments that sometimes do more harm than good according to a University of Michigan researcher who studied the Medicare records of more than 67,000 men diagnosed with the disease.

American Cancer Society says cancer death rates are down

Pennsylvania residents may be less likely to die from cancer than they used to be, according to the American Cancer Society. The health organization released a report on Jan. 5 showing evidence that cancer death rates have gone down by 25 percent since 1991. The declining rate has resulted in over 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths.

Symptoms of testicular mesothelioma

Mesothelioma cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos. For most patients in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., the disease develops in the lungs, but it can also occur in the heart, abdomen or testicles. Testicular mesothelioma is rare, with only around 100 known cases. That means it is also frequently misdiagnosed.

Penicillin allergies may be misdiagnosed

A study presented at a meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology revealed that many people in Pennsylvania and around the country may have been misdiagnosed with a penicillin allergy or may have outgrown the allergy since they were diagnosed with it as children. In some cases, people may develop a rash or some other condition when they are given penicillin that is mistakenly identified as an allergic reaction.

Study finds many cases of cellulitis misdiagnosed

According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, the bacterial skin infection cellulitis is widely misdiagnosed. People in Pennsylvania and throughout the country who are diagnosed with cellulitis may actually have a condition known as pseudocellulitis that is not treatable with antibiotics.

Nurses may help prevent hospital transfer errors

For many Pennsylvania residents who reside in a nursing home, the trips to and from the hospital can result in medical errors and poor followup. It is estimated that these errors cause serious harm to one in four nursing home residents. According to research from an Indiana University study, having nurse practitioners can significantly improve the transfer process to reduce the number of errors.

Diagnostic accuracy of doctors vs. symptom checkers

Pennsylvania residents sometimes use online symptoms checkers to try to self-diagnose themselves when they are experiencing health problems. A study reports that doctors are more accurate than online symptom checkers are, but they still make diagnostic errors in around 15 percent of cases involving common conditions.

Preventable medical errors still a concern at hospitals

Patients in Pennsylvania hospitals can die as a result of their injury or illness or because a health care provider commits an error. In the 1999 report 'To Err is Human," the U.S. Institute of Medicine estimated that there are between 44,000 and 98,000 hospital deaths every year caused by preventable medical errors. Since the report was released, improving hospital safety and preventing medical errors has been a top priority for researchers and regulatory organizations.

Misdiagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Pennsylvania residents who have elderly parents or who are aging themselves may be interested to learn that approximately one in five Alzheimer's cases may actually be misdiagnosed. This is because there is no test that can provide a 100 percent accurate diagnosis. For those who are misdiagnosed, the stress and delays in treatment for other disorders can be detrimental.

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