Most New Jersey readers have probably never heard of valley fever, an illness caused by fungal spores most common in the southern United States. Valley fever is difficult to diagnose and rare in many parts of the United States, but health experts say that even in areas where it is more common, doctors often consider it as an option only when the disease has become more severe.
"It's good for you, so you do it."
For many New Jersey residents, as well as many millions of other people across the country, the annual medical physical is an unquestioned and scrupulously adhered-to practice.
Old habits die hard.
As this blog has noted for readers in select prior posts, the practice of women dutifully receiving a yearly mammogram from a relatively early age has become progressively criticized in recent years. In fact, numerous studies and critics now repeatedly surface to challenge that longstanding norm and point out the material -- and sometimes deadly -- problems associated with it.
In one of New Jersey's neighboring states, the legislature has reportedly just passed a law which aims to increase the early detection of breast cancer by requiring that women with dense breast tissue are notified of such following a mammogram. Dense tissue generally makes it more difficult to detect and diagnose breast cancer, leading to potentially fatal consequences for women who do not learn of their disease at an early enough stage.
Lately, it seems like researchers have released new and different recommendations for the timing and frequency of mammograms nearly every day. As such, many New Jersey women (as well as their doctors) are understandably confused on how best to approach their medical treatment.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a recent publication from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in which a panel of doctors released a list of five cancer tests and treatments that they say should no longer be offered to patients.
Recently, a task force with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a controversial list containing five common tests and treatments that the panel says should no longer be offered to cancer patients. The procedures on the list, the panel said, have not been shown to help cancer patients live longer and may actually have a detrimental effect, significantly decreasing quality of life and harming patients' health.