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Diagnostic errors claim up to 80,000 lives each year

As many as 80,000 people die in the U.S. each year because doctors fail to diagnose a serious medical condition or diagnose it too late for treatment to be effective. Even more worrying for Georgia patients is that one in three of the 12 million Americans who are victims of diagnostic errors every year either die or suffer serious or permanent damage to their health. These were two of the findings made by researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after studying more than 55,000 medical malpractice lawsuits.

Rare diseases aren't all that rare

According to the World Health Organization, there are 400 million people throughout the world who have what are referred to as rare diseases. It is believed that only 500 of the 7,000 known rare conditions can be treated to any degree. A Georgia resident may have a rare condition if he or she is one of less than 200,000 people to have it.

Researchers report medical errors a leading cause of death

People in Georgia might be at a greater risk of a medical error than they realize. Increasingly, studies are showing that medical errors happen at a high rate. This first came to light in a report from the Institute of Medicine 18 years ago that estimated preventable medical errors killed more than 100,000 people per year. Further research has only reinforced this statistic and suggested that the situation might even be worse.

Spotting early symptoms of ovarian cancer can save lives

Ovarian cancer patients in Georgia and elsewhere are frequently diagnosed with the disease after it has already spread, making the chances of survival remote. This is because the symptoms of this insidious cancer, often referred to as a "silent killer," can be subtle and tend to mimic other less serious conditions.

Radiology misdiagnoses can threaten patient lives, health

When people in Georgia go to the hospital, they may have little interaction with radiologists or the radiology team. However, because radiologists are responsible for reading and assessing critical tests, they play a key role in diagnosing patients with serious and progressive diseases like cancer. When radiology practice goes wrong, the effects on patients can be severe, especially when a mistaken radiology report leads to a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose cancer.

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