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Florida Hospital Negligence Might Involve Failure to Diagnose

In Florida and all other states, medical staff members are expected to conduct themselves to the utmost levels of precautionary care in order to ensure the safety of every patient. Hospital negligence sometimes occurs, despite the efforts on the parts of many to maintain the highest levels of safety and patient well-being. Sometimes, negligence might include a failure to diagnose according to test results, such as a mammogram or other investigative procedure.

A recent study stated that although mammograms led to a 16 percent increase in cancer diagnoses, the number of deaths from breast cancer does not correspondingly decrease. Breast cancer follows skin cancer as the most deadly form of cancer among women in the United States. It has been estimated that over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2015.

Many claim that early detection is a crucial component of successful treatment of the disease. This is probably why many women choose to get mammograms where clinicians look for tissue abnormalities in the breast. However, many say that over-diagnosis has become a problem as more and more women opt for mammograms.

Over-diagnosis might explain why there has been an increase in diagnosis but not survival rate. Florida women receiving diagnostic tests, as well as patients in other areas of the United States, have a right to pursue legal action when a misdiagnosis occurs that leads to an illness. Depending upon individual circumstances, hospital negligence, such as misdiagnosis, can result in a number of damages suffered by a patient. Every patient has the right to consult with an attorney under such circumstances.

Source: medicalnewstoday.com, "Breast cancer deaths are not reduced by mammography, study finds", July 7, 2015

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