Oral cancer can start out as an abnormal patch of skin or mouth ulcer

 Oral cancer is the growth of abnormal cells on the lips, tongue, gums, mouth floor, cheek lining or back of the throat.  A delay in diagnosing the cancer can cause it to spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. An early sign of oral cancer may be the development of a white or red patch of tissue in the mouth or a small ulcer. If a dentist or family doctor notices any of these changes in the mouth, they need to be carefully watched.

Nerve damage can result from delay in diagnosing compartment syndrome

Compartment syndrome occurs when there is swelling and increased internal pressure within an arm, leg or abdomen.  After an injury or bone fracture there can be bleeding, swelling or fluid accumulation underneath the skin.  Because the skin is not open the fluid has nowhere to escape and the pressure continues to increase.  If the pressure gets too great it could compress nerves, muscles or internal organs and cause permanent damage.

A delay in diagnosing Ewing sarcoma bone cancer can affect prognosis

A delay in diagnosing Ewing sarcoma bone cancer can affect prognosis

Ewing sarcoma is a form of malignant bone cancer that is found mostly in children, teenagers and young adults. If the cancer is not diagnosed and promptly treated it could quickly spread to other organs.

Common signs or symptoms of Ewing sarcoma are:

Proper treatment of sepsis in emergency rooms improves survival rate.

 The recent Early Sepsis Prophylaxis Study determined that using four clinical goals in emergency rooms reduced the death rate in sepsis patients. The study, by medical staff at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, listed the sepsis bundle emergency room treatment as:

The earlier colon cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival rate

Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer or bowel cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer-related fatalities and it is estimated it will cause more than 50,000 deaths in 2013.  Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, benign or non-cancerous clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. If left untreated, some of the polyps can become cancerous or develop into adenocarcinomas

A delay in diagnosing or treating bacterial meningitis can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, limb amputations and even death

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective cover surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to an infection.  Meningitis can be a life-threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  The infection occurs most often in newborns, infants, children, young adults and college students due to the organisms group B strep, ecoli, listeria, nisseria or streptococcus.

A delay in diagnosing or treating bacterial meningitis can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, limb amputations and even death

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective cover surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to an infection.  Meningitis can be a life-threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  The infection occurs most often in newborns, infants, children, young adults and college students due to the organisms group B strep, ecoli, listeria, nisseria or streptococcus.

Misread cancer test brings review of 500

The Washington Hospital in western Pennsylvania said it would review at least 500 Pap smear slides after one woman claimed the hospital's pathologists misread her tests for five consecutive years. A later review of the woman’s slides revealed a clear progression from pre-cancerous cells to an invasive carcinoma. Luckily, after finally being diagnosed with cervical cancer, she responded well to treatment and is now free of cancer.

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