A delay in diagnosis means a delay in care, which in the case of cancer can make a huge difference in the outcome. There are many reasons why you may have a delayed cancer diagnosis, and it is not always your doctor’s fault. Sometimes, you may play a part in the delay as well. Understanding how a delay occurs can help you to avoid this issue when getting care in Illinois.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a delayed cancer diagnosis may occur due to your own actions, the actions of your doctor or a lack of public awareness. The public awareness means medical experts getting out information about warning signs and the need for early detection to educate you. If you do not know something is a sign of cancer, then you may think nothing about getting it checked out.

However, you may also be to blame. If you ignore warning signs, miss doctor check-ups and fail to learn about potential issues, then you could delay your diagnosis. It can be scary to think you have cancer, but it is always better to find out for sure rather than wait to see if it gets worse. Early detection can save your life.

When it comes to medical care and doctors missing a diagnosis, there are many reasons this can happen. A doctor may be overworked and unable to provide you with enough attention to really diagnose you properly. It may be a case where the doctor is not aware the symptoms point to cancer so he or she may not order the right tests.

There are many ways to drop the ball when it comes to diagnosing cancer. Everyone has to work together to ensure you get a diagnosis early enough that your cancer can be treated properly. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.