Nothing provokes visceral emotional response like being diagnosed with cancer does. It is a startlingly common disease. Approximately 1 in every 4 people in America are diagnosed with some form of cancer with about 60 percent of these diagnoses proving fatal. The sad part is that not all types of cancers can be treated, and most of the treatable ones depend on early detection to keep the disease in check. It is vital to diagnose the disease as early as possible before it can get out of hand.
The rise of many cancer patients have been due to delayed cancer diagnosis. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., doctors or physicians have allowed the progression of cancer in their patients because they have failed to perform certain examinations or tests necessary to eventually determine and treat the disease. Most doctors often believe their patients are merely suffering from simple symptoms that can be treated with an easy prescription. Negligence on their part has caused a lot of people to suffer from the disease, and has caused patients to suffer from more pain and suffering.
There are also instances where initial examinations and tests do not show signs of cancer, causing the doctor to disregard the symptoms. Other symptoms are usually disregarded as from “benign” causes, even when these symptoms require further examinations. If they do treat the symptoms, they treat them as the disease and not as part of another disease. Doctors also rely on less definitive means of diagnostics which can be interpreted incorrectly. Another practice is to not have any follow-up examinations after having one negative result.
The U.S. healthcare system is not always effective and doesn’t always work for everyone. A lot of patients get little of the doctor’s time, if ever at all. Nevertheless, this does not mean you have to suffer from a delayed diagnosis; negligence or drawbacks from the systems or doctors are reasons enough to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.