The medical industry has begun to pay more attention to reducing hospital acquired infection rates. The focus on this form of medical malpractice may be coming at the expense of other common errors that harm patients. Misdiagnosis is a common problem that can have serious, even fatal consequences. A recent study analyzed the process of diagnosing patients and found where errors were likely to be introduced each step of the way. The study could pave the way for improvements in patient safety.
Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. According to statistics cited in a recent U.S. News & World Report article, over 57,000 people die each year due to complications from colorectal cancer. More people will die from this type of cancer than from breast or prostate cancer.