In some cases, when you go to the doctor, they may believe that you have skin cancer. But they’re actually looking at a different type of condition that often mimics skin cancer or presents similar symptoms.
One problem, however, is that this can also work in the other direction. Your doctor may tell you that you’re dealing with something minor when you actually have cancer. A delayed diagnosis can make this condition much more severe.
4 different examples
It’s very important to get a proper diagnosis for something like cancer as soon as possible. With that in mind, here are four examples of other conditions that could lead to a misdiagnosis:
- Psoriasis – This is an immune system issue where T cells attack your skin cells, even though they’re healthy. This can cause silvery scales, red areas, itching and dry skin that often cracks.
- Seborrheic keratosis – This condition is similar to cancer because it is a skin tumor. However, it is a benign tumor, so it does not pose a danger and can simply be removed.
- Sebaceous hyperplasia – This is the swelling of glands that lubricate your skin. It can also be confused with basal cell carcinoma, a dangerous type of cancer.
- Nevus – This is just another word for a mole. It is always important to have moles looked at, but they can look similar to some types of melanoma. If you actually have cancer and your doctor just says that you have a benign or atypical mole, it delays your diagnosis.
When you believe that a delayed diagnosis has caused you significant financial harm and made your medical condition much worse, it could be an example of malpractice and you need to know about your legal options.