A Misinterpreted Mammogram Can Lead to Delayed Breast Cancer Diagnosis
When you think of a delayed breast cancer diagnosis, you might think of the doctor diagnosing the potentially fatal condition as a different disease. But has it crossed your mind that thedelay could have been caused by a mammogram error?
According to researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, a delay in breast cancer diagnosis is 10 times more likely to happen if there is a negative mammogram. These same researchers discovered that misinterpreted mammograms account for 3 percent of delayed breast cancer diagnosis cases.
Mammogram Errors Come in Many Forms Mammograms play an important role in the early detection of breast cancer. These breast x-rays have two main purposes – to screen for unusual changes in the breast and to diagnose a finding. When the radiologist makes an error, it can lead to a delay in diagnosis.