Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Was your cancer diagnosed promptly and correctly?
An estimated 41% of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of the keys to a successful outcome.
There are certain cancers that are detectable in an early stage by routine screening tests. For example, mammograms can detect early stage breast cancer; colonoscopy can detect early stage colon cancer; PAP smears can detect pre-cancerous conditions and early stage cervical cancer; and PSA blood tests can detect early stage prostate cancer. If there is an opportunity to diagnose cancer and this opportunity is missed by a doctor then this “failure to diagnose” your cancer may be considered medical malpractice.
How are opportunities to diagnose cancer missed?
- A health care provider’s (or doctor’s) failure to discuss with you and order routine cancer screening tests such as those described above.
- A healthcare provider’s (or doctor’s) failure to order the appropriate diagnostic test, including biopsy to thoroughly evaluate your symptoms.
- Incorrect interpretation of diagnostic test results.
The best way to understand if your cancer, or your loved ones, was not diagnosed promptly or correctly is to contact us. You can do that by completing the form to right for a free legal consultation or by calling the number listed at the top of this page.