Cases of colon cancer among younger people is on the rise even as the rate for those older than 50 decreases, a phenomenon that is leading to more missed diagnoses. Such was the case for a 44-year-old Maryland woman who seven years ago went to doctors with all the symptoms of colorectal cancer, including diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, iron deficiency and extreme fatigue. Her doctors evidently thought she was too young to have the disease, so Carol Carr was never tested for colorectal cancer.
A Brooklyn mother of three went to her local hospital complaining of pain. She was treated in the emergency room, where she was diagnosed as having kidney stones, was given a painkiller and sent home. The next day, still in pain, she called 911 but the New York Fire Department did not send an ambulance. The day after that, her fiance took her to the hospital himself. The woman, Tabitha Millings, was diagnosed this time with sepsis that had become gangrenous. She lapsed into a coma. When she awoke, she found that her hands and feet had been amputated and she was legally blind in one eye.
Acclaimed Chicago chef Grant Achatz has reached an undisclosed settlement with a dental clinic in a missed-cancer diagnosis case. The case involved a cancerous growth in a place where it could have ended the career of Achatz – it was on his tongue. Achatz years ago noticed a small, white dot on the left side of his tongue about the size of a bread crumb, according to an account in The Chicago Sun-Times. A dentist thought it was merely a stress-related irritation from gnawing his tongue and prescribed a mouth guard. A biopsy was performed that came back negative.