Why is cancer misdiagnosed?

There are a wide range of underlying reasons why cancer may be misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, or delayed in diagnosis, these include:

  • Busy A&E departments may not have sufficient senior staff or radiographers to interpret scans, x-rays or other diagnostic images
  • Scans may not be correctly interpreted
  • Not conducting a full medical examination of the patient
  • Not taking a detailed medical history
  • Not referring to existing medical notes
  • Failure to ask appropriate questions which may lead to a diagnosis
  • Failure to ask for the opinion of another doctor (e.g. if the doctor lacks experience)
  • Failure to spot early warning signs of cancer
  • Not recommending cancer screening when appropriate
  • Failure to refer to appropriate specialists
  • Communication failures between doctors, laboratories and hospitals

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