July 27, 2022

The Dangers of Failure to Detect Cancer

If you are not feeling well and this is potentially so because you have developed an underlying disease or if you are going to the doctor for a regular check-up where some type of disease condition is found, this can be terrifying. Your doctor has an established duty of care to you that when they perform procedures, prescribe medicine, and examine you for the presence of disease conditions, they do so with the least amount of harm. This includes detecting ailments correctly and administering the appropriate treatment to help you recover or manage your condition. 

However, when a doctor is not doing their due diligence and behaving in such a way that another similarly trained medical professional would in the same situation, mistakes can be made. This includes improper diagnosis and failure to diagnose. Typically when it comes to disease progression, the best thing for a patient is to be proactive and see the doctor regularly so that if there is anything happening in their body they can catch it early. The earlier a disease can be treated, this could improve the future outcome of recovery and healing that may be possible. Cancer is one of those diseases that when caught early on, may provide the most hopeful future for the patient.

How Can a Failure to Diagnose Cancer Happen?

, The Dangers of Failure to Detect Cancer, Germany Law Firm PLLCCancer can affect all parts of our body and is a widespread health problem in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute in 2020, there were an estimated 1,806,590 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the country and approximately 606,520 people lost their battle to the disease and died. Being diagnosed with cancer is not something that anyone ever wants to hear their doctor say. But even worse, maybe, is when cancer is present but is not identified in its early stages and as a result, not treated so it progresses and becomes worse.

When cancer is not detected it cannot be treated. Cancer is not usually a disease known to go away with time on its own. Quite the opposite. Instead, cancer is known to proliferate rapidly and become widespread. At some point, cancer can be so dispersed throughout the body that modern medical intervention and treatments are not sufficient to treat the disease and cure the patient. This is why not finding cancer when it is present can be so tragic and deadly for a patient.

When a doctor is not doing their job properly and is engaging in any of the following it is possible that a diagnosis of cancer could be missed:

  • The doctor is not addressing the warning signs exhibited by the patient.
  • The doctor is not listening to or taking seriously the symptoms that a patient tells them about.
  • The doctor does not order the right test.
  • The doctor misreads tests.
  • The doctor does not follow up with questionable test results that could indicate there is an issue with the patient's health.

Speak with a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If your cancer was not diagnosed by your doctor because of their negligence, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim for compensation. To discuss your unique situation and to learn more about medical malpractice claims in Mississippi, please call the Jackson medical malpractice attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free consultation at (601) 487-0555. 

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