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Women Suffer Most from Medical Misdiagnosis

June 3, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A study from the Institute of Medicine showed that the majority of the tens of thousands of people medically misdiagnosed each year are women. One doctor said that part of the reason is that some female symptoms are vague and associated with less serious conditions. The doctor went on to comment that women should be forceful with their physicians in order to protect their health.

One woman found out the hard way. The 34-year-old woman complained to her doctor for two years about her abnormal bleeding between her monthly periods. Because she had no family history of breast or ovarian cancer, and because she was in good physical condition, her doctor did not address her concerns. She insisted on further tests, and doctors discovered that she had stage 3 ovarian cancer and a tumor in her uterus.

Bloating and constipation in a woman could be signs of something serious, such as Crohn’s disease or ovarian cancer. Other symptoms that should not go untreated in women are blurred vision, excessive sweating and difficulty breathing.

A Florida injury lawyer can help if you suffer harm from medical malpractice. Contact an experienced Florida attorney for information on how a malpractice lawsuit can help you recover financial compensation for your injuries.