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My doctor misdiagnosed cancer
There are many common ailments most people experience at some point in their lifetime: the common cold, allergies, sprained ankles, various rashes, the flu and broken bones to name a few. We don’t usually fear these kinds of sicknesses. We fear the ones that don’t heal on their own. One of the most feared is cancer. Cancer is a killer with no known cure. The one thing that is known, however is that if you catch it early, you have a much greater chance of stopping it in its tracks and living a healthy and fulfilling life. But what happens when the doctor you trust misses all the signs and fails to detect cancer.
The Reasons Doctors Misdiagnose Cancer
ABC news reported “Some 1.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. The person making the diagnosis is usually a pathologist who has analyzed the patient’s tissue in a lab, but has never met the patient in person.” There may be many reasons doctors misdiagnose the disease, but people come as a whole and not as parts. Doctors must know the person, the individual and understand the person’s whole health history to truly know what’s going on
How often is cancer misdiagnosed?
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore looked at tissue samples from 6,000 cancer patients across the United States and discovered “one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed; for example, a biopsy was labeled cancerous when it was not. And up to one out of five cancer cases was misclassified.”
Getting a Second Opinion
Doctors are just like any other people in that they all have different perceptions and opinions. As specific as science is it is still up to interpretation. Many different medical professionals can interpret symptoms and evidence differently, just as many different individuals with the exact same symptoms may choose varying treatments they feel are right for them. Getting a second opinion is always valuable.
Ask a Alexandria Medical Malpractice Attorney
The lawyers at Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC in Alexandra can help you recover compensation if your doctor failed to diagnose cancer or if you have been wrongfully diagnosed with cancer. We are here to help represent you and find answers. We have represented people like you for more than 25 years. Contact us today to set up your free consultation: 703-370-8088.