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Urinary tract infections can result in failure to diagnose cancer


Patients in Newton who are dealing with a health issue will want to receive an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Even in the worst case scenario, when the diagnosis is cancer, it is better to be told of it early to avoid the spread of disease and a worsened condition. In some instances, there is a medical problem that is discovered that can delay the diagnosis of a more serious problem like cancer. Such is the case with a urinary tract infection delaying the discovery of cancer.

People who are receiving Medicare and are showing symptoms of UTI led to a significant delay in bladder cancer being diagnosed. The delay was made worse when the patients were female. The information regarding this issue was revealed at a conference of urologists. One author who is in the department of urology at the University of Wisconsin related data showing that women were more frequently subject to a delayed diagnosis because of UTI.

The study focused on women who were 66-years-old and older and received a bladder cancer diagnosis from 2007 to 2009. Nearly 12,200 patients had UTI or hematuria within one year of being diagnosed with bladder cancer. Almost 2,900 were women. People of both sexes who showed symptoms of UTI were at higher risk of facing delays in a diagnosis of bladder cancer, along with a greater risk of death as a result. Men were delayed by nearly two months from the initial diagnosis of UTI. Women were delayed by slightly more than 72 days. Women who had UTI were at greater risk of dying from bladder cancer.

With any medical issue -- especially cancer -- the failure to diagnose can lead to a person who could have been treated dying when it wasn't necessary. Anyone who has experienced a misdiagnosed cancer and the aftermath will understand how terrible this can be. Those who were confronted with this medical error should discuss the matter with a legal professional experienced in pursuing cases for delayed or misdiagnosed cancer.

Source: ONCOLOGY, "UTI Delayed Bladder Cancer Diagnosis in Medicare Population," Leah Lawrence, May 18, 2015

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