(Health News) Doctors and other primary care providers in Britain are increasingly diagnosing bowel cancer late in women after overlooking their symptoms and possibly confusing them with gynecological conditions or irritable bowel syndrome, the latter of which is mostly just generalized abdominal pain.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, researchers are warning that an increasing number of women with bowel cancer are more liable to have it picked up in A&E even though they are making more frequent trips to their doctors in advance of their diagnosis.
Scientists and researchers from University College London said in a study that general practitioners (GPs) are missing one-third of women’s bowel cancer, or 34 percent, adding that diagnoses in those cases are made too late to intervene successfully. That figure compares with 30 percent of missed diagnoses in men.
In addition, researchers also discovered that women were far more likely to have been told they did not have cancer by GPs and sent away.
Of the women who were diagnosed in A&E, six percent had already been told by their doctor that their symptoms were not indicative of any disease compared to just two percent of men.
As the Daily Mail reported:
GPs have been criticized in recent years for missing the early symptoms of cancer and telling patients they have nothing to worry about.
A major study in April estimated that 32,000 cancer patients a year are sent away by GPs at least three times without diagnosis.
In 2014, health watchdog organization NICE — the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence — put forth guidelines to family practitioners advising them what to look for in terms of signs and symptoms.
The study examined 5,745 men and women who had been diagnosed with bowel cancer between the years of 2005 and 2010. Authors of the study noted that since then GPs had gotten better at diagnosing cancers especially with the assistance of the new guidelines.
Meanwhile, in a separate report, the Daily Mail noted that British doctors are increasingly placing children on harmful statin drugs, reportedly due to high cholesterol levels (rather than having parents advised to change their kids’ diets). (Related: STUDY: Mood-altering statins extend lifespan by a mere three days.)
NICE has recommended that tens of thousands of children be placed on statins to control their ‘inherited’ high cholesterol levels. The group wants doctors to put youngsters on statin pills beginning at the age of 10 and lasting their entire lives. Further, the group advised that doctors scour their patient lists to find kids and adults who may have the condition based on their family history.
Big Pharma certainly isn’t the answer here, and in fact, as Natural News has reported, statins as a cure are worse than the disease they’re supposed to fix:
…[S]cientists are reporting that cholesterol drugs, which 15 million Americans are prescribed, are also completely worthless. A group of international researchers published a study in the BMJ Open journal that found no link between what’s known as “bad” cholesterol and death as a result of heart disease in individuals over 60 years of age. … The best way to achieve and maintain good heart health is not through medications but through healthy lifestyle habits.
Statins, of course, are meant to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Finally, in yet another report, the Daily Mail noted that a British woman who suffered for 20 years with psoriasis and eczema was told the only way she could be cured was through chemotherapy.
But she refused and instead actually took care of her condition naturally, through dietary changes. Hanna Stilltoe, 38, said after trying “every cream under the sun” she did some research and began cutting out foods known to cause inflammation including caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy and wheat.