The ovaries are a pair of glands that produce both the female hormones and the eggs for fertilization. When cancer forms and develops in one or both ovaries, ovarian cancer occurs. Early stages of ovarian cancer are hardly diagnosable, as they are either asymptomatic or accompanied by unsuspecting symptoms such as abdominal swelling and bloating.
A press release by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition revealed that more than two thirds of ovarian cancer cases are misdiagnosed. A study involving 250 women aged between 40 and 65 has revealed nearly 70% of women were initially misdiagnosed by their doctors, oftentimes dismissing their symptoms as something less serious, such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, stress, or urinary tract infection. Sadly, a missed diagnosis of ovarian cancer means delayed medical intervention, heavier medical costs, and possibly less positive ovarian cancer prognosis.
The prevalence of ovarian cancer misdiagnosis in the country is alarming. If you believe your medical practitioner was not sensitive enough to the possibility of ovarian cancer and failed to conduct the tests necessary for proper diagnosis, do not hesitate to take legal action. Speak with a Milwaukee-based attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to ask for legal guidance and help. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.