Being diagnosed with an illness like breast cancer can be an emotionally and physically taxing experience for the patient. An error made by the health care professional when evaluating the results of a diagnostic procedure could lead to a patient being misinformed, mistreated and potentially harmed. Findings from a recent study have indicated that this may be relevant to patients who rely on medical professionals to interpret the results of breast cancer biopsies for an accurate diagnosis.
A recent study showed that evaluations of the biopsies were inaccurate as much as 75 percent of the time. Such medical errors may lead to the failure to prescribe an appropriate treatment for the patient's actual condition. With approximately 1.6 million women having breast cancer biopsies performed each year in the United States, many may need to be concerned about the physician's accuracy regarding the results. A misdiagnosis in a woman suffering from breast cancer can have a significant impact on her odds for a successful recovery if she is undertreated.