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Misread x-ray leads to child's preventable brain damage

Last week on the blog we talked about a new study that found that women are more likely to be misdiagnosed after a heart attack, which leaves them susceptible to serious harm and death. As troubling as the statistics are, the scary reality is that a failure to diagnose can affect anyone.

Women more likely to be misdiagnosed after heart attack

Many medical conditions can be effectively treated. Those who receive these treatments can see their symptoms reduced or eliminated, their prognosis bettered, and even their condition cured. In most cases, though, the effectiveness of a treatment is dependent upon the accuracy of the diagnosis. Therefore, a failure to diagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or a misdiagnosis can lead to significant harm, decreased chances of survival, and death.

Harmed by a misdiagnosis? Legal help is available

Last week on the blog, we discussed breast cancer diagnoses and the importance of ordering and properly interpreting cancer-detecting tests. Patients are completely reliant on medical professionals to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe an effective course of treatment. When doctors fail to do so, the results can be nothing short of tragic.

Missed diagnosis can result in more advanced breast cancer

Some forms of cancer are more common than others. While this is frightening in one way, it may be comforting in another in that it means that medical professionals should know how to more accurately diagnose and treat those more common forms, thereby leading to positive outcomes.

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

There are a number of deadly medical conditions out there. Cancer is perhaps the scariest amongst them. Fortunately, many forms of cancer can be effectively treated if caught early enough. This, however, requires quick and accurate diagnoses, which is why it is important that doctors live up to the duty of care they owe to their patients. A failure to diagnose can lead to a worsened medical condition, a decreased chance of survival, and even death.One treatable type of cancer is prostate cancer. There are many ways that an individual can be screened for and diagnosed with prostate cancer. As far as screening goes, a doctor can conduct a physical exam or a blood test. These screening techniques are used to identify abnormalities that can then be tested for cancer.There are also a number of tests to determine whether or not an abnormality is cancerous. Ultrasounds, for example, can allow a doctor to obtain a full image of an abnormality within the body to better determine its cause. A biopsy allows a doctor to remove and actually test the tissue to determine if it is cancerous. If prostate cancer is detected, then additional testing can be conducted to determine how aggressive it is within the patient.If caught in its early stages, prostate cancer can sometimes be effectively treated an even beaten. However, far too often medical professionals fail to make accurate and timely diagnoses. Sometimes they even order the correct test to diagnose a medical condition but then fail to accurately read those test results. Regardless of how it occurs, medical malpractice is unacceptable. Those who have been harmed by hospital or doctor negligence should consider taking legal action to impose liability and recover compensation for the damages that have been unfairly imposed upon them.

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