People visit their primary care doctors and medical specialists to help them feel better. However, when doctors fail to diagnose a serious medical condition, the results can be devastating, and in some cases, deadly.
Unfortunately, certain illnesses have a better chance of going undetected than others. Usually, this is because the symptoms of these illnesses can be easily confused with symptoms of much less serious conditions. Commonly misdiagnosed – or undiagnosed – illnesses include cancer, lupus, heart disease, , Parkinson’s disease, Lyme disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Illnesses like cancer and heart disease have the potential to go undetected or undiagnosed – sometimes until it is too late. This is especially true with breast, lung, ovarian, prostate, testicular, colon, and skin cancers. A delayed onset of cancer diagnosis or treatment, for example, allows cancer cells to multiply rapidly. This can potentially wreak havoc on a person’s body and ultimately result in an untimely death.