Doctors and medical staff at any facility in Missouri and the rest of the country are trained to look for signs of illnesses that are more serious than the common cold or sore throat. When left untreated for some time, cancer can spread quickly through the body, leaving patients with little hope for survival. For this reason, the law punishes doctors for their failure to diagnose, which may incentivize doctors to pay particular attention to patients who think they might have center.
Although a Montana jail inmate complained of a sore throat for about a year, and mentioned several times that he may have cancer, staff at the prison dismissed his symptoms. Instead of taking action to test the man for cancer, staff members advised him to gargle salt water and take over-the-counter pain medications.