It is common knowledge in our society that failure to diagnose cancer is a major, life-threatening problem. If a proper diagnosis is missed, cancer can go untreated for too long - with fatal consequences.
When and how often should women be screened for breast cancer? Conflicting recommendations about this are a concern because, if a mammogram isn't performed when it should be, the result can be a failure to diagnose cancer - and that failure can have lethal consequences.
Doctors need to do a better job of encouraging people to get appropriate screenings for cancer. This is particularly true of colon cancer, the third most deadly type of cancer.