If you have been suffering from pain in your chest and issues with your breathing, you’ve probably done the sensible thing and sought the advice of your doctor. Your doctor should pay close attention to the specific symptoms that you describe, and they may also want to take into account factors such as a family history of the disease, as well as your lifestyle.
It is your medical provider’s responsibility to conduct the appropriate tests and to diagnose you so that treatment can begin. If they fail to successfully diagnose you, this is likely to mean that your condition will worsen. Often the worst thing that can happen is being misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis is dangerous because it means that you’re being treated for a condition that you do not have, while your disease is progressing.
Sadly, those who are suffering from lung cancer are commonly misdiagnosed, and this can prevent the disease from being treated in the early stages. The following are some reasons why lung cancer can commonly be misdiagnosed, and what you can do if you were misdiagnosed.
You did not have any risk factors associated with the disease
Lung cancer most commonly affects older people who have been smokers most of their life and have led an unhealthy lifestyle. If you are a non-smoker, young or fit, doctors may wrongly make the presumption that you do not run a risk of suffering from lung cancer.
Passive smoking is not taken into account
Doctors should ask many different questions to establish your risk of lung cancer, and they should conduct tests if they believe that lung cancer is a possibility. While they may have asked you whether you smoke, they may not have asked you whether you have been affected by passive smoking. If you have lived with a smoker at any point in your life, this may have increased your risk of getting lung cancer.
Your symptoms are dismissed as a relatively minor condition
If you display early symptoms of lung cancer such as shortness of breath and coughing, your medical provider may diagnose you with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma or pneumonia, among other conditions.
Lung cancer is a highly treatable disease if diagnosed in its early stages. If you were misdiagnosed, it’s important that you consider your legal options so you can gain back damages.