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Misdiagnosing Ovarian Cancer carries Heavy Penalties

Nov 4, 2015 | Doctor Errors

Ovarian Cancer

Ovaries are two small organs that are located in the lower stomach, right above the pubic region. They are one section of a woman’s reproductive system that stores her eggs’ supply. Every month, one of the ovaries releases an egg into the womb when it is ready for fertilization. They also produce the hormones progesterone and estrogen for the woman.

Cancer that arises in the cells lying in and around the ovary is referred to as ovarian cancer. Its type and form may vary according to the cell or tissue it originates from.

1. Epithelial Tumor

This is the most common occurrence of ovarian cancer that originates in the thin layer of tissue lining the outside of the ovaries.

2. Germ Cell Tumor

It originates in the calls that produce egg. They occur rarely and are commonly known to affect younger women.

3. Stromal Tumor

It occurs in the ovarian tissue that holds the cells that produce hormones. Stromal tumors have relatively more obvious symptoms which help its diagnosis at an earlier stage, as compared to other ovarian cancers.

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Any combination of the following signs and symptoms may indicate a possibility of ovarian cancer:

· Unexplained weight loss

· Abdominal swelling and bloating

· Feeling full after eating less

· Discomfort in pelvic region

· Increase in frequency of urination

· Change in bowel habits – indigestion, constipation, gas, and others

Misdiagnosis and Risks of Ovarian Cancer

As the symptoms of ovarian cancer may reveal at an advanced stage of the cancer, and are common with other less critical conditions, the diagnosis may often go wrong or the physician may completely fail to diagnose the condition. The unfortunate irony of ovarian cancer is that it can be treated and completely cured if caught at an early stage.

Some of the conditions that ovarian cancer is often mistaken for are:

· Benign ovarian tumor

· Endometriosis

· Teratoma

· Krukenberg tumor

· Malignant ovarian tumor

· Colon cancer

· Ectopic pregnancy

Causes roots of ovarian cancer remain mysteriously uncertain. However, the condition is accredited to a few risk factors that you can look out for, such as:

· Age – Even though ovarian cancer is not limited to any age group, women over 50 years run a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, especially those who have gone through menopause

· Family history – Women with a genetic history of ovarian cancer in the family may risk developing the condition themselves

· Weight – Obese women have an increased possibility of getting ovarian cancer as compared to others

Legal Support for Misdiagnosis of Ovarian Cancer

The physician is expected to do a thorough job while diagnosing ovarian cancer, by considering all symptoms and ruling out all other possibilities before zeroing down on a diagnosis. When he misdiagnoses, fails to diagnose, or delays the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it could have a life-threatening impact on the patient and is considered medical malpractice by law.

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