Breast cancer is the most common cancer among woman in the United States. A little over 30 percent of all female cancer patients in the United States suffer from breast cancer.
This disease is also responsible for close to 20 percent of cancer deaths among women, second only to lung cancer. In 2001, about 192,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and about 40,600 women died from the disease. However, recent studies show that mortality rates have actually declined thanks to early detection and treatment.
However, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose breast cancer could turn out to be fatal for patients. If you suspect your doctor has misdiagnosed or has been negligent in treating your breast cancer symptoms and if you have suffered because of such medical negligence, please call Anapol Schwartz for a free legal consultation to talk about your legal rights and obtain a confidential case evaluation.
Misdiagnosis of breast cancer can occur because your doctor was unaware of the symptoms or ignored common breast cancer symptoms. Studies show that more than 80 percent of women whose breast cancer is detected early will survive for at least five years or a lot longer. The common signs of breast cancer include a breast lump or lump in the armpit; a change in the size or shape of the breast; abnormal nipple discharge; change in the skin of the breast, nipple or areola; breast pain, enlargement or discomfort; and pain or tenderness of the breasts. More serious symptoms include bone pain, weight loss, swelling of an arm or skin ulcers.
Here are some of the most common ways doctors make mistakes or misdiagnose breast cancer:
Not identifying an obvious lump during a breast exam
Relying only on a mammogram and not performing a physical exam
Mistaking a tumor for infection
Failing to recommend breast removal
Failing to order a mammogram
Misinterpreting a mammogram
Failing to order a biopsy
Failing to follow-up on diagnosis and treatment
If you or a loved one has suffered because your doctor did not properly diagnose or treat breast cancer, please contact Philadelphia breast cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Anapol Schwartz for a free consultation. We will pursue a medical malpractice or a wrongful death claim against your doctor to make sure that you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.