While tens of thousands of women survive breast cancer every year, tens of thousands of others are, sadly, not so lucky. The difference between succumbing to breast cancer and beating it often comes down to one thing: early detection. Unfortunately, breast cancer misdiagnosis and late diagnosis are common medical mistakes. An incorrect breast cancer diagnosis or failure to diagnose the disease can delay treatment and increase the odds that the cancer will be fatal.
Doctors and radiologists who fail to follow the appropriate standard of care in screening, testing, and diagnosing breast cancer can be held responsible for the tragic and preventable results. At LawMD, our skilled and aggressive breast cancer misdiagnosis lawyers help women and their families when they have suffered the consequences of a breast cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. We fight tirelessly to get the victims of medical malpractice the compensation they need and deserve.
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Breast Cancer Detection
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.
According to the American Cancer Society:
- About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
- In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- About 41,760 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989.
- There are currently more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Physicians and experts agree that early detection can be the key to defeating breast cancer. Early detection saves thousands of lives every year. Routine screening examinations and mammograms can often detect breast cancer before any symptoms have developed, and women who notice a lump on their breast will usually follow up with their physician for further testing to determine whether cancer is present.
When a physician suspects that cancer is present, he/she should perform a microscopic analysis of the breast tissue via biopsy to confirm the diagnosis, determine whether the cancer is benign or malignant, and evaluate the extent of the spread of the cancer.
Medical Malpractice in Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Unfortunately, doctors, radiologists, and others can make any number of mistakes that can lead to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.
These medical errors include:
- Improper breast examination
- Negligent symptom identification
- Failure to order a breast biopsy
- Failure to order a mammogram, compression study, or similar breast imaging procedure
- Mistaking the lump for an infection
- Failure to order a biopsy to determine if the lump is benign
- Mammogram misreads
- Errors in follow-up tests
- Failure to order a biopsy or ultrasound
- Failure to follow up with the patient regarding test results
A delayed or incorrect breast cancer diagnosis can turn a potentially treatable and survivable disease into a terminal one, devastating whole families. Such a mistake can delay or prevent a patient from getting the care and treatment they need. When doctors fail to follow the appropriate standard of care in examining, testing, and diagnosing a patient’s condition, the patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Our Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
At LawMD, our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have seen first-hand the tragedy that can follow a breast cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. We fight tirelessly on behalf of individuals and families who have been victimized by medical negligence, using our experience, skill, and tenacity to help get our clients the compensation they need and deserve.
Many of our attorneys are also licensed physicians. This combination of knowledge and experience allows us additional insight into what happened and whether your physicians and health care providers failed to meet the standard of care. If we determine that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, we aggressively pursue compensation that can help pay for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of relationship, and funeral expenses.
Please give us a call at (888) 695-2963 to set up your free consultation, or contact us online. We look forward to assisting you.