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Is a blood test enough to diagnose cancer?

Failure to diagnose cancer might lead to increased medical expenses and long-term impact on your health due to the spread of disease through your system. Regardless of this well-known fact, some Connecticut doctors might not perform due diligence when ordering and analyzing your laboratory tests.

Some cancers are difficult to detect in their earlier stages, as you might not display symptoms and therefore not be motivated to have a health screening. Failure to diagnose the disease in these situations is unlikely to result in any legal liability on your doctor's part -- and you should probably not blame yourself for not noticing potential signs. However, there are situations in which you could have a valid claim of professional negligence, if you display symptoms in line with a certain type of cancer and specifically request tests, for example.

You might be satisfied with the tests performed by your medical care provider, but you should also keep in mind that very few types of analyses provide conclusive results. Even relatively invasive tests typically do not show the whole picture. The Mayo Clinic underlines this fact in the specific case of blood tests, stating plainly that these tests do not provide absolute proof of the presence of most cancers.

It is common knowledge, especially in the medical community, that blood testing would not usually prove whether or not you have a condition. Acceptance of a test as the final word on cancer, therefore, could constitute incompetence for which your doctor might be liable. Similarly, failure to interpret test results with reasonable accuracy might be a breach of a doctor's duty. Each medical case is different, so please do not regard this article as legal advice. It is only meant to educate you.

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