Is breast cancer often missed? This may seem like a silly question, but it’s not. Watch the video below as Dr. Kenneth Chessick discusses how medical professionals commit a failure to diagnose cancer.
Missing breast cancer is more common than the average person can imagine. Whether because the primary care doctor was never made aware of findings, or x-ray requests were never followed up on, it is a serious issue nonetheless.
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The question is, how often is breast cancer missed? And the fact is it can be missed with great frequency. There are different steps in the diagnosis and after, there’s an initial presentation, and any of those missteps can result in missing the diagnosis of breast cancer.
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A patient may feel a lump and presents to her doctor, and the doctor may misunderstand or inadequately examine the patient and not appreciate that this is a suspicious mass that needs further evaluation. There can be abnormal mammograms that show abnormal chaos locations that are missed by the radiologist. That’s another way it can be missed.
Another one, of course, is that the radiologist reports their abnormality and it’s not properly read. The report is not read by the primary care doctor that ordered it.
Those are the most common ways in which the diagnosis of breast cancer can be missed, and it happens with a great frequency.
In my practice, the failure to diagnose breast cancer in a timely fashion is the single most common failure to diagnose cancer that I’ve seen in my thirty years of practicing law.