The Doctors: Los Angeles Tuberculosis Outbreak
The Doctors continued covering the latest health news in their Friday News Feed. Recently, a downtown Los Angeles tuberculosis outbreak has made headlines all over the United States. More than 4500 people may have been exposed in what’s being called “the largest outbreak in a decade.”
Dr. Travis Stork explained that tuberculosis, or TB, spreads very quickly through airborne droplets. It often attacks people in groups, like in the homeless community of Los Angeles.
The Drs: Symptoms Of Tuberculosis
The Doctors shared the most common symptoms of TB, which can often be confused with the flu or even lung cancer. That’s why “getting tested is absolutely essential.” Dr. Jim Sears demonstated a fast, easy and painless test for TB that you can receive from your doctor. It is similar to an allergy test.
Symptoms of TB:
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Dry cough
The Doctors: When To Get a Colonoscopy
Paul is 54, in shape and in relatively good health. When should he get his first colonoscopy? The Doctors tackled this very important issue, and their timing couldn’t be more appropriate; March 8 is Nation Colon Cancer Screening Day.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez explained that colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. Furthermore, 90% of people diagnosed are over the age of 50. That’s why it’s so important to get screened as soon as you enter this age bracket.
The Drs: Colon Cancer Risk Factors
However, there are certain instances when getting screened earlier is recommended. For someone like Dr. Sears, whose father was diagnosed with colon cancer, early screening is especially important. If you have a family member who had colon cancer at 45, you should get your first screening at 35, according to Dr. Rodriguez. Here are some of the biggest colon cancer risk factors:
- Family history
- Personal history
- Smoking and alcohol use
- Race (African-American)
A new technology known as the “third eye” is making colonoscopies even more effective than before. Dr. Rodriguez emphasized that the only way to cure colon cancer is to diagnose and treat it early. Once it reaches later stages, there really isn’t much that doctors can do.