Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that affects more than one out of ten women. Fortunately, there are many treatments and strategies for fighting breast cancer and the chances of surviving the disease are high if diagnosis is early and if doctors act aggressively.
However, around 45,000 women die of breast cancer each year of the 200,000 diagnosed cases. In some of these instances, these deaths could have been prevented if not for medical malpractice, as delayed diagnoses often make breast cancer much more difficult to treat and eradicate.
What are some examples of breast cancer medical malpractice?
- Did your doctor misdiagnose your symptoms?
- Did your doctor order the correct tests for your symptoms, such as a mammogram or MRI? Did your doctor order future tests based on the results?
- Was your diagnosis delayed due to your doctor?
- Did your doctor miss a lump during a breast examination?
- Did your doctor misread test results or fail to tell you about test results?
- Did your doctor classify a malignant tumor as benign?
Breast cancer medical malpractice cases many involve a number of different circumstances as noted from the possibilities above. In some cases, young women with breast cancer are told they are too young to have cancer when they come in with symptoms. Other times, breast cancer can be misdiagnosed as other common ailments and diseases. All in all, breast cancer is one of the top five diseases for medical malpractice monetary compensation.
In other cases, women have been misdiagnosed as having breast cancer - someone women undergo a mastectomy that is a completely unnecessary surgery.