Bronchial cancer misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history
Sometimes, there could be delays or even misdiagnosis of bronchial cancer as the signs and symptoms caused by these tumors are nonspecific and quite similar to the symptoms of asthma. Additionally, the X-rays of the chest are unremarkable at initial stages.
Most commonly, the cancer of the bronchus is clinically significant due to obstruction of the airways; but it tends to mimic symptoms of asthma, pulmonary infection, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
When bronchial cancer does not cause airway obstruction, there may not be any symptoms at all. Most studies report that 25% of patients with bronchial tumors are asymptomatic, and as a result, these tumors are found incidentally. Therefore, the initial stages of bronchial cancer are more likely to be wrongly diagnosed. If you have been exposed to asbestos at your workplace in the past, it is important to closely monitor your health and consult your doctor if you note any changes.
Do mention your history of asbestos exposure to your doctor as it will help to derive a more accurate diagnosis. Additionally, once you receive a diagnosis from your doctor, we strongly recommend seeking a second opinion from a specialist in asbestos-related diseases. This will help you avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.