Cancer | Delayed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis
Did you know that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States? Or that 20 percent of medical error relates to cancer? Misdiagnosis of cancer delays treatment, allowing the disease to advance to a deadly stage.
It’s appalling to think that medical misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, both of which are largely preventable, cause increased pain and medical bills, unnecessary treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and even the loss of life itself.
It’s devastating to deal with having been diagnosed with a serious illness, and treatment is exhausting, expensive, and painful. Patients often aren’t able to work, contributing to financial difficulties. And relationships with family members and loved ones are strained.
At a time like this, the last thing patients and their families want to worry about is the trust they placed in the medical system—in their doctors—to diagnose them quickly and properly.