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  1. Failure to recognise, identify or investigate symptoms associated with cancer
  2. Failure to administer the correct cancer testing when medically indicated by patient symptoms
  3. Improper or inappropriate carrying out of cancer testing, such as a biopsy or MRI scan
  4. Failure to correctly read or interpret cancer test results provided
  5. Failure to acknowledge or investigate medical recommendations
  6. Failure to refer a patient to a more qualified specialist where they lack the appropriate skills or expertise
  7. Treating a patient using procedures and processes that aren’t medically needed by the patient’s symptoms and current state
  8. Failure to provide quick and adequate follow-up care for treatment assessment
  9. Occasionally, the wrong diagnosis can be down to faulty screening equipment. There’s been cases where cancerous cells in tissue have been missed and abnormal cells have been labelled as
  10. cancer when they’re not. Some of the testing processes – magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerised tomography (CT) sometimes fail to spot very small cancer cells
  11. Human error – often a medical professional such as your doctor can make a mistake

Most cancers can be treated if they’re caught early, so getting the right diagnosis is vital. Indeed, Cancer Research UK estimates that around 50% of cancer sufferers are now surviving for 10 years or more but this could increase with improved diagnosis. Over 2,000 lung cancer patients are missing out on vital surgery every year in the UK that could save their lives, and 50% of those patients aren’t even offered an operation despite being diagnosed with the condition early.