Despite being one of the most prevalent and consequential forms of cancer, breast cancer is often misdiagnosed. Whether your doctor failed to diagnose or delayed the diagnosis of your breast cancer, this type of medical malpractice has serious implications. Survival can depend heavily on early diagnosis and treatment.
Yes, cancer can be misdiagnosed -- or diagnosed too late. In one type of misdiagnosis, doctors tell patients they have cancer. Later, they find out they do not. This can happen when doctors misread screening tests. For example, a colorectal cancer test requires proper preparation of the bowels. If they are not, a misreading of the test results could be more likely. This type of misdiagnosis can cause huge emotional suffering, but in many cases, there are no long-term physical effects. That said, some people diagnosed with cancer undergo harsh chemotherapy and other unneeded procedures before the truth comes out.