What are the different types of Cancer Misdiagnosis?
With over 200 different kinds of cancers, all of which have different symptoms which overlap with other conditions altogether, it is safe to say that there are a large number of cancer misdiagnoses that can occur. While this is the case, there are some examples of cancer misdiagnosis claims that our expert medical negligence solicitors would claim were the most common, and occur the most frequently.
Breast cancer- there are now over 55,000 cases of breast cancer being diagnosed in the UK each year. With so many new cases, it is unsurprising that there are a high number of instances where symptoms are mistaken for other inflammatory breast conditions, such as mastitis, or for non-cancerous cysts.
Lung cancer- can often be mistaken for a number of alternative lung infections which manifest in the same way and with similar symptoms. These include bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and even asthma. All of these lung conditions start off with similar respiratory problems, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Pancreatic cancer- Another commonly misdiagnosed cancer, pancreatic cancer can often be mistaken for, and misdiagnosed as, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, or pancreatitis. It can also sometimes be ignored as diabetes, due to the condition being a symptom of pancreatic cancer itself.
Bowel cancer- is often misdiagnosed as a more basic bowel condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Still, this list is far form exhaustive. There is no particular formula to a cancer misdiagnosis. If your cancer, of any kind, was wrongly diagnosed as something else, diagnosed as nothing to worry about, or ignored for a period of time, then you could be entitled to financial compensation through a cancer misdiagnosis medical negligence claim.