Are Women More Likely to be Misdiagnosed?

The misdiagnosis of a disease or illness can have tragic consequences for a patient. When a doctor’s error leads to no treatment, or delayed treatment, for a misdiagnosed condition, a patient can be seriously injured or die from the mistake. Misdiagnosis can happen to anyone, but in recent years it appears that the gender of a patient may have an impact on whether the patient is diagnosed correctly. Are women more likely to be misdiagnosed than men? Read more

Most Frequently Misdiagnosed Cancers: Breast Cancer

The key to beating cancer is early diagnosis.  Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis may cause the cancer to advance and worsen, thus reducing, or even eliminating, a patient’s chance for survival If the cancer is allowed to spread without necessary treatment, the chance for a cure diminishes and the risk of significant harm increases. Read more

Most Frequently Misdiagnosed Cancers: Lung Cancer

Health care providers may commit medical malpractice by misdiagnosing, failing to diagnose, or delaying the diagnosis of an illness. Misdiagnosis may occur because of the provider’s failure to ask certain, vital questions or to recognize the necessity for further testing or examination, including the referral to a specialist. This can cause an illness to worsen, thus reducing or even eliminating a patient’s chance for complete recovery, even survival. If a condition spreads without necessary treatment, the chance for a cure diminishes and the risk of significant harm increases. Read more

Most Frequently Misdiagnosed Cancers: Colorectal Cancer

Medical malpractice may be the result of a failure to diagnose, a delay in diagnosis, or misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis can occur in many different ways. Failing to ask important questions or to recognize the need to refer the patient to a specialist may lead to a delay, misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. This can cause a disease or illness to worsen and can reduce or eliminate a patient’s chance to survive. Once an illness spreads without proper treatment, the chance for cure or recovery diminishes and the risk of significant harm increases. Read more