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Misdiagnosis of cancer on the rise

Massachusetts readers of the Journal of the American Medical Association may have read in a recent issue that many people who were told they had cancer and were even treated for it never actually had the disease. The cancer misdiagnosis trend was detailed in a National Cancer Institute article published in the journal. It followed a 2012 study showing that regular mammograms led to unneeded treatment for cancer since doctors are reluctant to allow any tumors to go untreated regardless of whether they are benign or malignant.

An analysis of the report made by Natural News said that millions of people may have been misdiagnosed with cancer and therefore unnecessarily subjected to radiation, surgery or chemotherapy. Even so, doctors now have access to advanced technologies that can identify cancer much earlier than ever before, which could spare patients from dying of the disease later. JAMA explained in its report that the fact that more patients are being tested for cancer means that there will be more tumors found. Those tumors aren't always diagnosed correctly as cancer, however.

Breast and prostate cancer misdiagnoses were focused on in the NCI study, according to Natural News. The magazine reported that women who actually had benign tumors due to ductal carcinoma had been treated for cancer, as had men with prostate issues that can be a precursor to the disease but do not require cancer treatment.

It is not only a misdiagnosis of cancer that can be harmful. A failure to properly diagnose actual cancer may be fatal to patients because they can suffer a worsened condition due to delayed treatment. Patients suffering damages due to a doctor's failure to diagnose the disease may be able to recover financial compensation.

Source: VOXXI, "Many healthy patients incorrectly treated for cancer, says report", Danielle Restuccia, November 12, 2013

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