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Reply was posted 04/30/1998 09:25 am by Jane
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I have had the same concerns about misdiagnosis since I learned of pc. I have heard too many stories of people who had been doctoring for a year or more and it was never considered. That is why I am hoping and praying this fundraiser will not only make money for research BUT to bring awareness to the medical profession and to the public! The medical profession needs to be shaken up. I have NO clue how or how much they learn in med school about pc, but when a young patient (20's,30's40's) goes to their family practitioner with stomach upset, back pain or other vague ailments in the digestive tract, it should be considered (tests run) to "eliminate" pc - not become the "last" thing they look for...and how do they do that without scaring the patient? Often times you hear (as in my case) CAT scans or ultrasound do not reveal a tumor. In my situation, I was a full-time working mother. I had a very busy, stressful schedule. I ignored my symptoms and brushed them off as stress. As they became more difficult to ignore, I didn't know what was wrong with me, but deep down, I sensed (and denied) it was very serious. It wasn't until I jaundiced did I see a doctor. So how many other stubborn people are there like me who won't take the time to see their doctor or are "afraid" to see their doctor because they don't want to be scolded into taking better care of themselves. They know they need to slow down, stop smoking, stop drinking so much coffee but if it is told to them by their physician it makes it more real. How many other people are "afraid" to see their doctors because they are "afraid" of the diagnosis. It is a frightening thought to me, had I not jaundiced, how long I would have put off seeking medical attention. I know a woman who won't go for a mammogram, because she doesn't want to know..not that she suspects anything, but she's afraid of "what if". Cindy's (in OK) brother-in-law, Mike had been to doctors. He had his gallbladder removed and prior to that (if I am remembering correctly) he sought medical attention for other symptoms. People who have acid reflux or tummy aches and/or diarreha after eating, certainly are not thinking pancreatic cancer, nor should they... so how do we alert John Public such ailments are indications, without causing panic thru-out the population. How do we get the doctors to "act on suspicion" rather than looking for a simpilar answer. Just my 25 cents.. I'll hold on to my pennies.. :)

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