Those who think they may have cancer and go to the doctor for diagnosis need to get the proper diagnosis the first time. There is no room for error. There is no room for a mistake. Doctors may not be perfect, but the ramifications of getting it wrong with cancer are so dire. There may not be time to get it right.
For instance, those who have mesothelioma have a median survival rate of just 12 months. This is a fairly aggressive cancer that often shows up in the elderly. It comes from asbestos exposure, and it is deadly in a high percentage of cases.
As such, to have any chance at survival or even extending their life for a few years, anyone with the disease needs prompt treatment. If a doctor tells them that they probably just have an ulcer and sends them home, they’re delaying the eventual treatment. That delay could cut months off of their life. By the time a doctor figures out what it really going on, it could be too late to save them.
Of course, with any type of cancer, you also have to consider the issues of it being a spreading disease. It can move through the body, pass to other organs, and become even more serious than it was initially. Preventing this spread is just one more reason that it’s important to get the diagnosis right and take steps toward treatment immediately.
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