Which Cancers Are More Likely To Be Misdiagnosed?
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Which Cancers Are More Likely To Be Misdiagnosed?

It is always best to catch cancer in the early stages and begin treatment as soon as possible. For as common as cancer is, there are still many instances in which cancer is misdiagnosed as another health problem.


Lymphoma is known to be one of the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers. This is because the symptoms of lymphoma are so similar to that of other illnesses. The symptoms of lymphoma include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss

Many individuals feeling these symptoms may believe they have a viral infection, bug, or any other short-term illness. However, doctors have the responsibility to properly test for and diagnose lymphoma.

Breast Cancer

When caught early at Stage 1, breast cancer has a nearly 100% survival rate. Unfortunately, late diagnosis of breast cancer is common.

Another less widely known issue with breast cancer is overdiagnosis. In some cases, women are given unnecessary medical treatment for cell growths that are not cancerous and would never pose a health threat.

Lung Cancer

Similarly, to lymphoma, the symptoms of lung cancer can often be misdiagnosed as other illnesses. The shortness of breath that happens with lung cancer can be misdiagnosed as asthma. If the patient begins coughing or struggling to breathe, a doctor may diagnose the patient with pneumonia or bronchitis.

Cervical and Ovarian Cancer

Numerous women have reported being unaware they had cervical or ovarian cancer until it had become significantly more severe. Symptoms of these cancers are often misattributed to irritable bowel syndrome, or even menstrual cycle pains.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can often be overlooked by general practitioners. Make sure you are regularly observing your skin so that you can tell your doctor about any irregularities.

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A missed or delayed cancer diagnosis can be life-changing. In some cases, so much time passes that the cancer becomes untreatable by the time it is detected.

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