Women must know: Cancer misdiagnoses happen, and are deadly

Sure, cancer threatens the lives of both men and women, but there is a type that is extremely deadly and only happens to women: ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is often fatal. A factor that adds to the level of danger of the cancer is that doctors often fail to diagnose it promptly.

It is crucial to talk and continue to talk about this topic because of the seriousness of ovarian cancer. Dr. Oz., of Oprah fame, has his own TV show now, and he has brought the cancer misdiagnosis reality to the forefront of the public’s mind. The following are what women and doctors should look for in order to avoid missing what could be a life-saving early diagnosis:

A patient should feel that her doctor listens to and responds to her concerns. Just like it takes a persistent patient to safeguard her life, it takes the right, persistent doctor to effectively treat her. While ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose, that doesn’t mean that all cases of failed or missed diagnosis are not the results of professional negligence. If someone feels that they have suffered due to medical malpractice, they shouldn’t hesitate to fight for justice.


ABC 7 News: “4 Silent Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs Your Doctor Misses,” Sep. 12, 2011

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