Throughout the month of October, marks breast cancer awareness month in the United States. Throughout the month, campaigns are undertaken to make women and men more aware of the dangers of breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. More women are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other type of cancer. Furthermore, it is the second highest cause of death in women --each year 40,000 women will die of breast cancer.
A misdiagnosis by a doctor can lead to the unthinkable. Doctors are tasked with figuring out why a person is suffering from certain symptoms and provide the right care to fix the issue. When this job is done incorrectly, people can be put through painful and unnecessary procedures or can suffer worsened medical conditions as a result of their delayed treatment.
This blog often discusses the dangers associated with doctors' failure to diagnose serious medical conditions and how delayed treatment can seriously worsen a patient's medical condition. Yet, failing to diagnose health can also be damaging, as one doctor has recently discovered.
Another individual has filed a lawsuit against her doctors after they failed to timely diagnose her cancer. According to the lawsuit, the woman went to the hospital after experiencing pain in her knee, which she attributed to running. Medical professionals ordered an X-ray of the knee and found an abnormality that could be attributed to cancer. To be sure, professionals then ordered an MRI on the knee. However, the test was conducted on the wrong knee. Her doctor then relied on the MRI of the wrong, healthy knee, and was therefore unable to properly diagnose her.
Those in Oregon who have children likely find themselves, at one time or another, seriously concerned for their child's health. Though many of these instances are just a parent being overprotective, it is always best to have a medical condition examined by a medical professional. When a doctor tells a parent that their child is fine, it may come with a sigh of relief. Yet, sometimes doctors are wrong, and it can have a serious impact on an innocent child's health.
Oregon residents who develop a cough, headache, runny nose, or just about any other condition may turn to the internet in an attempt to self-diagnose. This rarely works, as the seemingly smallest thing might leave an individual feeling as if he or she is about to die. The only way to truly know one's medical condition is to go to the doctor. Often, a doctor's findings put an individual's mind at ease. However, sometimes the good news is false, and patients do not find out until it is too late.
Going to the doctor can be intimidating for many of Oregon's residents. After all, many of us have been taught to see medical professionals as a sort of authority figure. Our nervousness around doctors might cause us to have difficulty communicating with them, which, according to one expert, can increase the likelihood of misdiagnosis, especially when the average doctor only listens to his or her patient's symptoms for about 10 seconds. That's right. Ten seconds. Doctors are being forced to see more patients in less time, and that can be problematic for patients who expect complete and adequate care.
This blog often discusses instances of medical malpractice that leave victims with serious injuries that sometimes turn fatal. Botched surgeries, failures to diagnose severe and aggressive diseases, and errant births all fall into that category. Yet, it is important for Oregonians to recognize that they do not have to suffer a life-threatening injury in order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, as is evidenced by a recent claim filed against the staff at an Oregon hospital.
Going to the doctor can be a nerve-wracking experience for Oregon's residents, especially when an individual is concerned about the appearance of an unexpected lump. These patients rightfully expect their doctors to adequately assess and diagnose their condition, which many times lead to effective treatment. Such treatments may reduce symptoms or even completely remedy the condition, allowing a patient to get back to his or her normal life.
Many Oregonians have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Some have personally been afflicted with the disease while others may have had a loved one who was diagnosed. Those familiar with the disease know that one of the keys to beating it is early detection. While individuals can do self-examinations to help identify potentially problematic lumps, it is up to medical professionals to provide a diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan.