No one wants to receive a cancer diagnosis. The experience can be frightening and confusing. But what is perhaps even more traumatic is receiving a missed or delayed cancer diagnosis. This can have far worse consequences for patients.
Certain cancers are more likely to be missed or misdiagnosed than others. We discuss which cancers are most commonly misdiagnosed below.
How Common Is a Cancer Misdiagnosis?
While a cancer misdiagnosis can mean mistaking one form of cancer for another, it can also involve a “missed or delayed” diagnosis, in which the cancer is diagnosed later than it should have been or missed altogether.
This can have disastrous consequences for patients, including receiving less effective treatment than if the disease had been caught at an earlier stage. A late diagnosis can result in a worse prognosis for recovery or chance of survival.
There are certain types of cancers that healthcare workers are more likely to misdiagnose. The cancers most commonly misdiagnosed tend to be those of the breast, cervix, and colon.
What to Do After a Cancer Misdiagnosis
Knowing that your recovery was negatively impacted by a missed or delayed cancer diagnosis can be heartbreaking. In the wake of such a devastating event, it’s important to remember that, as a patient, you have rights.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our Miami medical malpractice attorneys are well-versed in this area of the law, and we can prove a healthcare worker violated the professional medical community’s standards of care. We can take this matter out of your hands and work to help you recover the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Mental trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs
Call Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen at (866) 629-1061 to schedule a free consultation.