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The problem of cancer misdiagnosis

When you go to a doctor in Arizona for something as serious as cancer, you are putting full trust of your health and, in some cases, your life in that medical professional’s hands. Sometimes, those hands might not be as experienced, knowledgeable or careful as you expect them to be. This fact is evidenced by the many cases of cancer misdiagnosis that have occurred each year across the state and around the country. We at The Law Offices of Jojene E. Mills can help if you have been a victim of cancer misdiagnosis.

Medical malpractice in Arizona

Have you or someone you loved ever felt concerned about the quality of health care you have received by an Arizona provider or facility? If so, you know how scary this experience can be. It is important for you to be proactive about your health and the quality of care you receive to maintain or achieve that health. From proper and timely diagnoses to appropriate treatment when needed and beyond, you deserve these things. When this does not happen, you may need to consider legal action.

Do I need a second opinion?

Have you been told by a doctor in Arizona that you have cancer or some other serious condition? Have you sought medical attention for ongoing problems only to be told by a provider that there is nothing wrong with you or been given a treatment plan that is not making any difference in your symptoms or experiences? These are just some of the circumstances that can and do happen to Arizona residents that may signal now is a good time to get the input of another doctor.

Women more likely to receive a wrong diagnosis for heart disease

Obviously, men and women differ biologically in many ways. And it would stand to reason that these differences would always be taken into account when a woman seeks a diagnosis for a medical condition. Yet, according to the results of research conducted by the American Heart Association, this is not always the case when it comes to examining women for possible heart attack symptoms.

Women more likely to receive a wrong diagnosis for heart disease

Obviously, men and women differ biologically in many ways. And it would stand to reason that these differences would always be taken into account when a woman seeks a diagnosis for a medical condition. Yet, according to the results of research conducted by the American Heart Association, this is not always the case when it comes to examining women for possible heart attack symptoms.

Getting a second opinion can help ensure you get proper care

When we visit a doctor for an examination, we tend to trust his or her assessment. This is because doctors are trained professionals and their opinions are based on years of medical training and practice. But no doctor is infallible and everyone is capable of making a mistake. The problem is that there can be serious consequences if a doctor makes an error when diagnosing a patient.

Report illustrates the frequency of diagnostic errors

When you are not feeling right or are experiencing clearly noticeable medical symptoms, it is important to have a doctor perform an examination. We prefer to believe that doctors have the knowledge and skills needed to always accurately diagnose any illness or condition that may be affecting our health. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes just like anyone else. In fact, diagnostic errors may be occurring more often than you think.

Patient safety requires that doctors be good listeners

Calvin Coolidge once said, "It takes a great man to be a good listener." In other words, it takes a person of merit to appreciate the opinions and ideas of others. It is true that the best way to learn is to pay attention to what people tell us.

A doctor's failure to listen can cost a patient his or her life

If you visit a doctor because you believe you may have a medical issue, you may tend to accept the diagnosis that he or she gives you. This makes sense in that the doctor is a trained professional and should be able to figure out whether your condition requires treatment. But the fact is that doctors, as educated as they may be, are still human beings and can make mistakes. For this reason, the next time you see a doctor for an examination, you want to pay attention to his or her method of forming your diagnosis.

There are a number of illnesses doctors commonly misdiagnose

Doctors go through very rigorous training to receive their professional credentials. So by the time they are seeing patients, they should be adept at diagnosing symptoms and prescribing treatment. And doctors typically are able to assess a patient's condition with a high degree of accuracy.