Second Opinion: Facts
Did you know that...?
- Correct diagnosis is the most important step in the management of lesions and cancer.
- A majority of patients never see the pathologist that renders their diagnosis or the pathology report that determined their treatment.
- Between 2 and 9% of pathology reports are identified as partially or completely incorrect upon second review by an independent subspecialty pathologist.
- One-third of misdiagnosed pathology cases have a major impact on the treatment and prognosis of the patient.
- If a patient requests a second pathology opinion, most of the time it is free of charge.
- A majority of insurance policies, including Medicare, will pay for a second opinion on a patient's pathology diagnosis.
- UF Health Pathology Laboratories has more than 30 nationally recognized pathologists who provide expert second opinion consultations for any anatomic and clinical pathology subspecialty.
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- Staradub VL et al., Change in Breast Cancer Therapy Because of Pathology Second Opinions, 2002, Annuals of Surgical Oncology, volume 9, pages 982-987.
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