Even the humans holding the highest degree of education make mistakes from time to time. Nobody is ever perfect all the time. Sometimes mistakes can be used as a life lesson. With that said, other times, a horrible mistake can result in the loss of life.
A grandma named Pamela North died as a result of a medical error. Her doctors failed to identify bladder cancer five times. How is that possible?
Pamela North's primary care physician suggested that she go to the hospital to run tests for bladder cancer. The doctors could not find the tumor in her bladder. Later, after an investigation into her death was conducted, it became clear that the doctors failed to conduct an MRI scan until it was too late. Had the doctors carried out an MRI scan when she was first referred to the hospital by her general practitioner, there was roughly a seventy percent chance she would make a full recovery.
With all types of cancer, the sooner cancerous cells are discovered, the higher the chance of survival. North endured several tests, which resulted in abnormal findings. The doctors did not officially diagnose her with bladder cancer until she underwent an MRI. At that point, the tumor was untreatable.
With bladder cancer, it is important to recognize all possible warning signs. What are the early symptoms of bladder cancer?
Keep in mind that people with bladder cancer experience a wide range of symptoms, and some of the symptoms you are experiencing can indicate another disease. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should talk to your doctor:
- Unusual blood clots or blood in your urine
- Pain when urinating
- Frequent trips to the bathroom
- A desire to release urine even when the bladder is not full
- Abnormal pain in the lower back
- Trouble urinating
If a doctor is not able to diagnose bladder cancer in time, the follow symptoms can occur:
- Bone pain
- Severe pain in the lower back
- Chronic fatigue (sticking around for a lifetime)
- Trouble urinating
According to statistics, almost all humans diagnosed with bladder cancer are over the age of 55. Bladder cancer is more common in men than in women. Roughly seventy-five percent of patients who are diagnosed with bladder cancer during the early stages of development will survive. Frequent health checkups will help avoid the situation North was put through.
General practitioners recommend you quit smoking, eat more fruits and vegetables, and avoid exposure to unhealthy chemicals.
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