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Colon cancer is one of the top five malpractice diseases (see malpractice overview). Misdiagnosis of colon cancer can occur, and the prognosis for a late discovery of colon cancer can be poor. Undiagnosed colon cancer is also often a "silent killer" because the pain is often a late symptom rather than an early symptom. Some people assume it can't be cancer without pain.
Colon cancer also sometimes catches people because they fail to undergo medical tests, sometimes even when prescribed by a doctor. Patients often perceive tests such as stool tests, sigmoidoscopy or other tests for colon cancer as painful or embarrassing. Hence, many cases of colon cancer are discovered late with a poorer prognosis.
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