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According to a recent study, 12% of cases of cancer are misdiagnosed due to insensitive results, poor sampling techniques and reader error, leading to prolonged testing, delayed treatment, increased health expenditure and anxiety for the patient. The main concern from the report and health officials is that cancer in some patients is being missed in the early presentation. However, persisting symptoms often cause the physician to repeat testing, leading to a diagnosis of cancer and foregoing harm to the patient. The researchers are hoping to provide a method of decreasing the error detection rate by introducing universal standards to health care facilities.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Forbes
About: 12% cancers initially misdiagnosed
Date: 10 October 2005
Author: Alan Moses
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