If you get a troubling diagnosis, consider getting a second opinion.
A new study by the Mayo Clinic found that a second opinion will only agree with an initial diagnosis 12 percent of the time. That means 88 percent of the time, a second opinion led to a new diagnosis.
Of the changed diagnoses, 21 percent resulted in a completely new diagnosis. In 66 percent of cases, the diagnosis was "refined or redefined," according to the Mayo Clinic .
"This second opinion could lead to quicker access to lifesaving treatment or stopping unnecessary treatments," the Mayo Clinic's website reads. "And a second opinion may reduce stress in a patient’s extended family, when they learn the new diagnosis does not carry dire genetic implications."
You can read more about the study here .