Examples of missed opportunities for an earlier cancer diagnosis

Alpujarras, Granada, Spain

Some Situations prone to a missed diagnosis in cancer

TumorClinical situation
Lung cancerFalse negative X-ray: delays six times longer.

Superior sulcus tumours  treated for musculoskeletal shoulder pain.

Older and socially deprived groups




LarynxPerforming mirror examination significantly shortened the professional diagnostic delay.

Women double probability of diagnostic delay

Upper gastrointestinalTaking acid suppression for symptoms delays the diagnosis
GastrointestinalInappropriate use of a rapid access to an endoscopy service
Cervix cancerPregnancy: delayed diagnosis
Rectal cancerNegative barium enema within the year prior to diagnosis as a cause of the delayed diagnosis