Can Breast Cancer be Missed?
In 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates that over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is critical to improving survival rates and becoming a cancer survivor. Unfortunately, breast cancer can go undiagnosed and missed for years, leading to metastasis and increased complications.
If you or someone you love has breast cancer that was misdiagnosed, you may have cause to file a claim. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose breast cancer can be deadly and can compromise your treatment and your recovery. You may be able to recover money for medical treatment, hospital bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Time is Critical for Breast Cancer
Early detection is essential when battling breast cancer. Statistics don’t lie—5-year survival rates for Stage I Breast Cancer is 88%. When cancer is misdiagnosed or undiagnosed and it reaches Stage IV Breast Cancer, those survival rates drop to just 15%. In addition to improving survival rates, early detection of breast cancer decreases the likelihood of patients having to undergo invasive and life changing medical procedures, such as breast tissue removal and bone marrow transplants.
My doctor missed my breast cancer—how could that happen?
Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals misdiagnose or fail to diagnose breast cancer all the time. When this occurs, the results can be deadly. Breast cancer misdiagnosis can occur in many ways, including:
Failure to perform breast exams
Failure to order necessary tests, such as mammograms or biopsies
Failure to detect obvious lump
Ignoring breast cancer symptoms and not following up
Mistaking breast cancer for a benign tumor
Mammograms are specific tests that are designed to detect breast cancer at its earliest point. When a radiologist fails to recognize the early signs of breast cancer, the effects can be devastating for patients and their families. While the American College of Radiology has designed a classification system known as BIRADS to reduce the risk of mammography errors, they still occur frequently.
Denver Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If a breast cancer diagnosis error has led to unnecessary suffering or pain, it is important to know that you are not alone. Physicians, radiologists, and other medical professionals should be held accountable for their negligence. At the Law Offices of John R. Fuller
, our Denver medical malpractice attorneys know that misdiagnosed breast cancer is a serious offense. Our lawyers fight aggressively to ensure that Denver medical malpractice victims
receive the compensation they need—and deserve after a costly medical error. Call us today at (303) 597-4500 for a FREE CONSULTATION.