Usually, the first symptoms of colon cancer appear once it's too late and colon cancer patients are already into Stage III, where the survival rate is down to about 40%. Yet, if caught early, this deadly disease is 93 to 100% curable. Each year, 49,920 Americans die of metastatic colon cancer that has migrated throughout their bodies into other organs. In the beginning, a virtual colonoscopy can find the tiniest abnormalities, like non-cancerous colon polyps, that can be easily removed with a colonoscope or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
It's indisputable that colonoscopy screening procedures save lives. If detected early, abnormal cells can be removed before they even become cancerous, with little to no chance of a reoccurrence. Yet, in the later stages of cancer, the five-year survival rates can drop to as low as 7% if left unchecked. However, recent research has prompted concerns that some of the colonoscopy prep drugs can severely damage the kidneys. Oral preparations made with sodium phosphate (including prescription Visicol tablets and over-the-counter Fleet-Phosphosoda) have caused at least 21 cases of acute kidney failure, which led to the need for transplants or permanent dialysis. The elderly, heart attack sufferers and people on high blood pressure/hypertension drugs like ACE inhibitors are at considerable high risk of colonoscopy complications, researchers wrote in the November issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
According to a study from an emergency department one in eight ECGs from myocardical infraction patients are misinterpreted. Even if it doesn' necessarily apply to all emergency departments that raises some questions.
The old saying is that nothing is as important as your health. That still holds true today, but with the cost of health care spiralling out of control, more and more people are concerned about the affordability and necessity of a variety of medical procedure. More and more people worry about whether or not a test, medication or procedure is really necessary - or if you are just lining some rich pharmaceutical company's CEO's already healthy wallet. One of such procedures with concerns are liver function tests.
A bone scan is a test that uses a very small amount of radioactive contrast. This medicine lets your doctor see your bones better than he or she would be able to on x-ray.
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