According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.7 million Americans are estimated to be diagnosed with cancer throughout the year 2013. This cancer statistic is generated using the rate at which new cancer diagnoses have occurred throughout the year. Factors such as breakthroughs in treatment or outbreaks may cause this number to fluctuate.
Cancer is always serious. However, in most cases, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the greater your chances of successful treatment and survival. Certain types of cancer are much more deadly than others. Lung cancer kills far more patients than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined, although many more patients are diagnosed with prostate cancer and breast cancer.
The curability of most cancers is much better when the cancer is caught in early stages. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer are very common. Misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis can cost the patient extra time and money, allow the patient’s health to deteriorate, and put the patient’s life at risk. Many deaths could be prevented if the rate of misdiagnosis was not so high. Unfortunately, physicians sometimes fail to order appropriate tests or misread results. A lump or tumor may be misdiagnosed as benign when it is in fact, malignant.
It is estimated that approximately 10 to 20 percent of all cases of cancer are misdiagnosed. According to the American Cancer Society, one study found that about 28 percent of the mistakes made out of 583 cases were life threatening or life altering. It is estimated that at least 40,000 cancer patients die each year as a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.
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To get more facts on cancer misdiagnosis, visit the American Cancer Society webiste.