Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
According to the US National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), there are approximately 2.6 million women in the United States who are currently living with breast cancer at any time. Women in general have about a 12% risk of suffering from breast cancer over their lifetime and (based on historical data), about 1 in 36 women will die from breast cancer.
Fortunately, new treatments for breast cancer are being developed, and breast cancer research is ongoing to fight against this disease. While there are different types and classifications for breast cancer, the common factors for long-term survival seem to be early diagnosis and a determination of the best course of treatment based upon the type of breast cancer.
Failure to Properly Treat Breast Cancer
Women in the US have long been encouraged to conduct self-exams for breast cancer and to promptly consult with their doctor if they find any abnormalities. Many times, quick action by women may help lead to early detection of breast cancer, which may ultimately lead to their life being saved.
In some instances, however, despite seeking prompt medical attention, the doctor or other health care provider may fail to diagnose the breast cancer, or may fail to prescribe testing to determine the presence of breast cancer. Later, when the woman is determined to have cancer, critical treatment time may have been irreparably lost. As a result, the prognosis for the woman maybe much less favorable. Additional treatments may be necessary, and the woman may be at a much higher risk of losing her life.
How We Help Those Who Have Not Been Properly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
If a woman has seen a doctor or healthcare provider and that person does not diagnose breast cancer when it is present (or order the proper testing needed to determine whether breast cancer is present), it’s important to determine whether the doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. In order to make this determination, we need to understand the facts and circumstances that existed during the medical appointment.
What types of symptoms did the woman exhibit? What type of exam was conducted? What diagnosis was given? Should the doctor or healthcare provider have ordered tests or biopsies to determine whether cancer did in fact exist? What standards should have been met during the examination?
This information is critical to determine whether there is a factual basis to support a case against a doctor or healthcare provider for failing to diagnose breast cancer. To prove a case of medical malpractice, typically doctors, nurses, and/or other medical healthcare professionals and experts are hired to carefully review the records, facts, and circumstances of each client’s case.
In order for a person to recover compensation, it’s necessary to show that the victim suffered damages as a result of the failure to be properly and timely diagnosed with breast cancer. These damages can be shown by treatments that would not have otherwise been necessary or being at a higher risk of loss of life as a result of treatment being started later.
The Next Step
If you are suffering from breast cancer which was not properly diagnosed at an initial medical appointment with a doctor or other healthcare provider, we may be able to help. Jim Dore, our firm founder, has been representing personal injury victims and the victims of medical practice for decades.
Please call us so that we can arrange to meet with you at a time convenient with your schedule, and so that we may learn about your case. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to use us. If you hire us and a case exists for failure to diagnose breast cancer due to medical malpractice, we will seek to hold accountable all of those responsible for their negligence and to get you the compensation that you deserve.