When you go to a doctor about a medical concern, you expect to be told the truth, not given a comforting half-truth. In the case of a woman now facing the probability of premature death, however, that was apparently the mistake by her radiologist and gynecologist.
Close to a quarter of a million cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women in the United States each year. For men, breast cancer is much more of an anomaly, being diagnosed at a rate that amounts to less than one percent of the rate seen in women. In fact, the American Cancer Society says that only about 2,240 breast cancer cases are diagnosed in males in a typical year.
The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHH) is a long-tenured organization that advocates health care reform through its association with scores of medical, business and consumer groups. Its President and CEO, John Rother, recently issued this blunt and telling statement about a glaring problem in the medical industry: "Nearly seven hundred billion dollars are wasted in the U.S. medical system each year," Rother said, "much of which is tied to misdiagnosis or people getting the wrong treatment."