The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2016. Unfortunately, a number those receiving the dreaded cancer diagnosis may be a result of false positives. Imagine being mistakenly diagnosed with prostate cancer with surgery just minutes away, only to discover that there is actually no cancer present.
Cancer misdiagnosis is one of the most common types of misdiagnosis in the medical community. Part of this is due to the fact that cancer is still not completely understood. Cancer symptoms often mirror those of other illnesses. If you are misdiagnosed with cancer, the results can be both devastating and debilitating. A mistaken diagnosis of cancer often results in inappropriate treatment, leading to worsening conditions or potentially death.
What Is Being Done To Lessen The Problem?
According to a report by ABC News, when researchers at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore reviewed tissue samples from 6,000 patients across the US, they found that a shocking one in every 71 cases was a misdiagnosis. A number of these cancer misdiagnoses included false positives.
A collaborative study conducted in 2013 by the National Coalition on Health Care and Best Doctors, Inc, found that many cancer specialists are blissfully ignorant concerning the rate of cancer misdiagnosis. Of the 400 doctors participating in the study, the majority believed that between zero and 10 percent of patients are misdiagnosed. Actual research indicates that the true rate is closer to 28 percent.
With such a high rate of misdiagnosis, it is often up to the patient to advocate for his or her own health. If you feel something is off or not right health wise, make sure your doctor is not merely dismissing your concerns. Don't be afraid to get a second or even third opinion if necessary.
Speak With A Pennsylvania Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney Today
If you believe that you or a loved one has been wrongly misdiagnosed with cancer, you can contact the cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Marciano Legal today.
We have an office in Philadelphia, PA where we help clients throughout the State of Pennsylvania to file medical malpractice lawsuits.
Call our office today to schedule a free consultation or visit us at our Philadelphia office located at:
Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C.
1515 Market St #1600
Philadelphia, PA 19102