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How Often Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?

Do you know how many people receive a cancer diagnosis each year? The numbers are alarming. What’s even more disturbing is the number of times doctors misdiagnose the terminal illness.

Our team breaks down some of the numbers regarding how often cancer misdiagnosis occurs. You should know about the various problems that exist regarding misdiagnosis, and what you may be able to do about it if you endure this situation.

The Numbers

A study over the years by Best Doctors and the National Coalition on Health Care found that 60% of the doctors surveyed believed misdiagnosis exists in anywhere from zero to 10 percent of all cases. However, a study by the BMJ Quality and Safety journal shows that 28% of cases involve misdiagnosis.

Different forms of cancer, including lymphoma, breast cancer, sarcomas, and melanomas, are the most common types of conditions that doctors misdiagnose. In the study, there was a poll asking doctors why they believe misdiagnosis happens. Here’s what they said:

  • 38.5%: Doctors feel missing information in the system leads to misdiagnosis
  • 22%: Doctors feel that there are inadequate pathology diagnostic resources
  • 20.3%: Doctors feel that there is inadequate genetic information available

Stopping Misdiagnosis

Cancer misdiagnosis is one of the most concerning forms of medical malpractice. Time consumption is one cause of misdiagnosis, but doctors must take the time and precautions to ensure they’re diagnosing cancer accurately.

Some of the things that doctors can do to stop misdiagnosis include:

  • Advanced condition training
  • Clear communication
  • Adequate testing

At Brown & Barron, we know that there’s no excuse for misdiagnosing cancer. Doctors must get it right to treat the condition. When doctors make mistakes, cancer patients don’t receive chemotherapy, radiation, or other necessary procedures.

Our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers stand by you when you need us most. We’ll put together your case and determine if a doctor was negligent. Let us give you the voice you need to pursue justice.

For a free consultation, contact our firm at (410) 698-1717.

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