Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Cancers

July 12, 2016 by Carrie Capouellez
Misdiagnosed Cancers

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and more than 15 million people are currently living with cancer. Despite the wide prevalence of cancer, thousands of patients receive a cancer misdiagnosis.

The Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Cancers:

  • Lymphoma – Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the system that acts as a drainage system transporting fluid from the tissues into the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is also crucial to the immune system. Because lymphoma is most common in men, women and children are at a higher risk of lymphoma misdiagnosis.
  • Breast Cancer – Breast cancer is most commonly marked by lumps in the breast or unusual breast shape. Breast cancer misdiagnosis can be particularly devastating for young women, who often suffer from more aggressive types of breast cancer than older women.
  • Sarcomas – Sarcomas are a type of cancer that grows within connective tissues that support other types of tissues in the body like bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and nerves, among others. Sarcomas are often misdiagnosed as benign soft tissue tumors.
  • Brain Cancer – Brain cancer can be difficult to diagnose because the most common symptoms are generic, including headaches, loss of balance, confusion, and seizures. However, many people do not experience any symptoms.
  • Lung Cancer – While smoking and other tobacco products can greatly increase a person’s chances of developing lung cancer, anyone can develop lung cancer. The most common symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Because these symptoms are very generic, patients are at an increased risk of misdiagnosis.

Time is of the essence when treating cancer. Misdiagnosed cancers could means weeks or months before the proper diagnosis is made. With help of tests and scanning equipment, doctors can properly diagnose most cancers. However, sometimes doctors fail to perform these tests, and this can be devastating for patients.

Philadelphia Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys

If you received a cancer misdiagnosis, you may be able to hold your physician responsible, but there is a limited time to act. Call the Philadelphia cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP as soon as possible for a confidential and free consultation.

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