Many Ann Arbor residents do their best to take care of their health. They eat right and exercise. They may give up or cut down on bad habits. And they see their doctor regularly, sometimes seeking out preventive screening and similar tests with the goal of catching any dangerous conditions in the earliest possible stages.
Early screening for cancer is unfortunately not a guarantee against a doctor, radiologist or other provider's possible negligence. As we saw last week, misreading or misinterpreting test results can lead to a failure to diagnose cancer. The news that a medical professional has failed a patient in this way can be devastating, especially because the undetected disease can then spread to a stage where treatment may no longer be as effective. It may be impossible to treat.