Preventing Cancer Misdiagnosis

Boston Magazine reported a while back on the need for lawmakers to examine the “frequency and costs” associated with patients receiving a cancer misdiagnosis in an article entitled, “Misdiagnosing Cancer is More Common Thank We Think.”

According to the article, “nearly $700 billion dollars are wasted in the US medical system each year, much of which is tied to misdiagnosis…” Lymphoma was reported to be the most misdiagnosed cancer “followed by breast cancer, sarcomas [and], melanomas….”  The physicians in the study further revealed they believed policymakers could be instrumental in changing this alarming statistic by “offer[ing] hospitals incentives that are gathering data and presenting research about misdiagnosis.”

We would agree.

Read the full article: Cancer Misdiagnosis.

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