When We Take Medicine for Granted.

Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims 80,000 Lives each Year
 Report April 30, 2009. By Gordon Gibb Email Washington, DC:

 In spite of all the progress made in the breast cancer arena and public awareness that has advanced light years, breast cancer misdiagnosis remains not only a problem but also an increasing liability. Breast cancer misdiagnosed can affect a huge emotional toll on a woman and her family, not to mention the physical risks from botched breast cancer testing.

breastcancermisdiagnosis2.jpgAnd now a noted medical journal has weighed into the breast cancer diagnosis waters with a telling commentary on the state of the union. On March 11th David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D. together with Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D. reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that diagnostic errors are growing. They are often unrecognized and often go unreported.

Breast cancer misdiagnosis claims as many as 80,000 hospital deaths each year, according to the report 'Diagnostic Errors The Next Frontier for Patient Safety.'
It was also revealed that roughly 5 percent of autopsies uncover diagnostic errors that, if avoided and the correct diagnosis and treatment realized, death would have been averted.
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