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Cancers That Are Commonly Misdiagnosed

Physicians commonly misdiagnose the following types of cancer: 

Breast

Brain

Prostate

Lung

Colon

Ovarian

Kidney

Cervical

Liver and Soft Tissue (Including Angiosarcoma)

Testicular

Skin (Including Melanoma)

 

CONDITIONS FREQUENTLY MISTAKEN FOR CANCER 

The following conditions are considered as an alternative diagnoses for cancer and may be mistaken for the serious disease: 

Anorexia Nervosa

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cyst

Diabetic Gastroparesis

Exfoliative Dermatitis

Graves Disease

Halitosis

Leukoplakia

Oral Leukoplakia

Oral Thrush


DESPITE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES,CANCER STILL GOES UNDETECTED AND IMPROPERLY TREATED 

Great strides have been made in recent years to detect many forms of cancer at an early stage. "Pre-cancer" screening methods and tests have helped greatly reduce the number of cancer misdiagnoses. However, when these tests are not done or when physicians and others improperly interpret their results, mistakes can happen.

If your cancer was undetected, misdiagnosed, or mistreated due to medical malpractice or negligence of your healthcare providers, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for your injury. The failure by your physician, radiologist, pathologist, or surgeon to detect, diagnose, and treat your cancer at an early stage can have deadly consequences.


COMMON CANCER DETECTION METHODS 

The medical community has developed many effective, reliable methods of detecting cancer in patients. However, in some cases, when these tests are not performed, cancer is allowed to grow undetected. Your physician or healthcare provider may fail to order any of the following examinations that can detect cancer: 

Mammogram

Fecal Occult Blood Tests (Fobts)

Biopsy

Colonoscopy

Pelvic exam

Pap smear

Chest x-ray


CANCER TREATMENTS 

While the treatment of cancer is determined by many factors, including the location, size, and seriousness of the disease, the following treatments are generally used: 

Chemotherapy

Radiation therapy

Anti-cancer drugs

Surgery

Stem cell and bone marrow transplant


BREAST CANCER MISDIAGNOSIS 

Medical studies have shown that mammography has a false-negative (missed cancer) rate of at least 10 percent. Other forms of medical imaging and testing commonly used to detect and diagnose breast cancer fail to detect cancers from 15 to 40 percent of the time. Given the number of mammograms, ultrasounds, and imaging exams that are performed each year, the problem of misdiagnosed breast cancer is alarming.

Nearly 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and an estimated 40,000 die of the disease annually. Many lives could be saved if mammograms were error-free and the results of the exams were more effectively and accurately evaluated.


COMMON MAMMOGRAM ERRORS 

Mammography is a widely used cancer-screening device that requires extreme care in both the administration of the exam and in the analysis of the results. If technicians, nurses, or other medical professionals fail to properly administer a mammogram, cancers may be missed. Also, if the results of the exam are not properly reviewed by your physician or radiologist, life-threatening cancers can be allowed to grow undetected until it is too late.

 

The most common mammogram errors include: 

Improper administration of a mammogram by a nurse or technician, leading to unreliable or incomplete results

Failure by a radiologist, surgeon, or other health care provider to properly analyze mammogram results

Mammography machines which are not properly calibrated or maintained

If you think you may be the victim of failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of cancer, call the experienced medical malpractice professionals at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys for a FREE consultation with no obligation. For more information, you can also download our FREE book "The Truth About Medical Malpractice" right here on this website.

James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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