Misdiagnosis of Colorectal cancer


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Because it has no early symptoms, many cases of colon cancer are not diagnosed early. The embarrassing nature of some symptoms also leads some patients to delay seeking treatment. Even after seeking medical advice, colon cancer is still under-diagnosed. Colon cancer ranks 5th in malpractice lawsuits, with the typical claim over failure to diagnose early enough. Many suits argue a failure by the doctor to identify a symptom as indicative of colon cancer and failure to follow up abnormal test results. Another problem causing delayed diagnosis is that some patients avoid the typical diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or lower gastrointestinal series because of perceived embarrassment.

About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Colorectal cancer or confirming a diagnosis of Colorectal cancer, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Colorectal cancer may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Colorectal cancer. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Colorectal cancer: For a diagnosis of Colorectal cancer, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Colorectal cancer:

Colorectal cancer as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Colorectal cancer is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Colorectal cancer: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Colorectal cancer:

Misdiagnosis cases for Colorectal cancer: No cases available yet.

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