Why Lung Cancer May be Misdiagnosed in New York

Lung cancer is more common than ovarian cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.* Yet, despite its prevalence, lung cancer goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed in some patients. Lung cancer that is wrongly diagnosed can significantly impact a patient's chances of survival.

Common Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Typically, lung cancer is asymptomatic in its earliest stages. That makes a proper diagnosis even more critical when the following lung cancer symptoms begin to appear:
  • Persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Bone pain
  • Headaches
  • Losing weight without trying

If you experience any of these symptoms, then it is important to see your doctor and to insist on testing for lung cancer.

How Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Occurs

Unless a doctor performs diagnostic tests such as a chest x-ray, a sputum test, and/or a biopsy, the doctor may misdiagnose lung cancer for something less serious, such as bronchitis. Since the majority of lung cancer patients are smokers and over the age of 50, younger people and non-smokers may be at an increased risk of a misdiagnosis. A misdiagnosis, or delay in diagnosis, may prevent a patient from getting the medical care that he or she needs to increase his or chances of survival.

When to Contact a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, because of a delay in diagnosing lung cancer or a lung cancer misdiagnosis, it is important to contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

Your lawyer understands what the misdiagnosis cost you and is dedicated to fighting hard for your just legal recovery. To learn more about your rights and your potential legal recovery, please contact an experienced New York cancer misdiagnosis lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, Lung Cancer