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Chicago medical malpractice lawyersThere are many types of medical error that end badly, but often the most tragic are those involving a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer. Many either lose their lives, or a portion of their body that never should have been removed. What is most concerning, however, is the frequency at which these accidents occur. If you or someone you love has been misdiagnosed with cancer, or has suffered because of a failure to diagnose, the following can help you understand your options.

An All-Too-Common Occurrence

Each year, approximately 1.3 million people are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Of those, around one in 71 cases are misdiagnosed. This was determined by a recent study from The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. What is even more concerning, however, is how many of these cases are misclassified, meaning the patient did actually have cancer, but pathologists had misjudged how far or fast the cancer had spread. Much like a failure to diagnose (which is also surprisingly common), such an error can ultimately lead to the unnecessary and untimely death of a patient.

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