Philadelphia Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Tens of thousands of women die from breast cancer every year. But tens of thousands of women become breast cancer survivors every single year. The difference between succumbing to breast cancer and beating it often comes down to one thing: early detection. Unfortunately, breast cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis are common medical mistakes. An incorrect breast cancer diagnosis or the 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 diagnosis of breast cancer can be held responsible for the tragic and preventable results. At LawMD, our skilled and aggressive Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers help women and their families who have suffered the consequences of a breast cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. We fight tirelessly to get the victims of medical mistakes the compensation they deserve.
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 US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
- An estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2016 alone.
- About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer in 2016, an annual figure that has remained relatively consistent.
- There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Physicians and experts agree that early detection can be the key to defeating breast cancer and 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 cancer is suspected, physicians should perform a microscopic analysis of breast tissue through 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:
- Incorrect breast examination, misidentification or negligent symptom identification
- Failure to order a breast biopsy
- Failure to order a mammogram, compression study or other 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 include
- Failing to order a biopsy or ultrasound
- Failing to follow up with the patient regarding test results
A delayed or incorrect breast cancer diagnosis or misdiagnosis can turn a potentially treatable and survivable disease into one which is terminal, 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, a patient who suffers as a result may have a medical malpractice claim for compensation.
LawMD’s Philadelphia Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Are Ready to Help You Today
At LawMD, our experienced Philadelphia 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 get our clients the compensation they need and deserve.
Many of our attorneys are also licensed physicians. This unique combination of knowledge and experience allows us to promptly determine 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 have 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.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of a cancer misdiagnosis, LawMD’s medical malpractice lawyers serving greater Philadelphia stand ready to help. Please give us a call at 888-MY-LAWMD (888-695-2963) to set up your free consultation or contact us online. We look forward to assisting you.