How to Get Rid of Your Stool in Milwaukee: Stool Care
Milwaukee, WI (AP) It might be the most crowded city in America, but if you live in Milwaukee, you’re in for some treats.
Stool Care, the national organization that runs the city’s medical center, says that since the mid-2000s, the number of patients seeking care has doubled.
“We’re now seeing more than 300,000 new cases of colorectal cancer and more than 60,000 people seeking treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia,” said Scott Wilson, director of Stool and Pest Management at the hospital.
As part of the citywide initiative, StoolCare has partnered with the state to offer free stool screening at hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities.
“There’s no better way to keep patients healthier than by making sure that they get the care they need, and they get it right the first time,” Wilson said.
The screenings help patients determine if they have colon cancer and whether they have acute lymphocytic leukemia, a rare, fast-growing disease that attacks the white blood cells of the immune system.
Patients will have to pass the stool-testing test before they can be admitted to the hospital, Wilson said, and the screening can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
“We don’t have any barriers to people who need care,” Wilson added.
To get a better idea of the scale of the problem, Stax, a nonprofit medical research organization that has helped Milwaukee reach out to the public and improve access to health care, recently released a study of its own, comparing the number and rate of infections and deaths for colon cancer patients and people with acute lymphoid leukemia.
The group found that there were 5.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, compared to 2.3 per 100 people in the general population.
In Milwaukee, colon cancer diagnoses have been on the rise since 2009, but the new data indicates that the number is not just rising.
Milwaukee has seen a slight increase in cases of acute lymphosarcoma, a new form of cancer that usually starts in the lungs and spreads through the bloodstream.
The new study found that in 2012, the rate of new cases increased by nearly 1 percent in the city.
While this uptick is worrisome, Wilson and others at Stax point out that the city is far from alone.
Many other states, including California, New York and Maryland, have seen a rise in the number, but they are still below the national average.
“While the rate for the state is increasing, we see that it’s not as dramatic,” Wilson told ABC News.
Wilson pointed to a recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found that people in states with the highest rates of colon cancer had the lowest rates of acute disease.
He said that while the data may not paint a complete picture of the state’s colon cancer crisis, the new CDC data may offer a hint.
One of the big challenges with tracking the spread of colon cancers is the fact that hospitals and clinics don’t always report cases to the CDC.
“What we really need is more people to come in and be seen by specialists and get the tests and follow-up,” Wilson explained.
If the numbers continue to increase, Wilson believes that will be a challenge.
“If we can do that, we could be a lot closer to solving the problem,” he said.