October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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What If A Doctor Failed to Diagnose Your Breast Cancer?

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers estimate that medical error, including failure to diagnose, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. And in many cases, medical conditions such as breast cancer are treatable when caught early but failing to diagnose or treat can often lead to further injury or death. With today’s greater awareness of one of the biggest killers to American women, as well as technological and diagnostic advancements, doctors should be able to detect breast cancer based on symptoms, standard age-based tests, or readily available screening methods. In many types of breast cancers, an early and correct diagnosis can make a significant difference in prognosis.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, some of the more common breast cancer diagnoses include:

  • Metastatic Breast Cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is also classified as Stage 4 breast cancer. The cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): A non-invasive cancer where abnormal cells have not spread outside of the ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. DCIS is highly treatable, but if left untreated or undetected, it can spread into the surrounding breast tissue.
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: The most common type of breast cancer, this happens when abnormal cancer cells begin forming in the milk ducts and spread into other parts of the breast tissue and other parts of the body.
  • Triple negative breast cancer: Common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growth is not present, leaving conventional treatments ineffective. Triple negative breast cancer may respond even better to chemotherapy in the earlier stages than many other forms of cancer.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: An aggressive and fast-growing breast cancer in which cancer cells infiltrate the skin and lymph vessels of the breast.

There are several other types of less commonly diagnosed breast cancers, including breast cancer during pregnancy and breast cancer in men.

What You Need to Prove Medical Malpractice

Nearly half of all delayed-breast cancer diagnosis cases involve radiology results and the failed diagnosis in younger women. To bring a viable medical malpractice claim for misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose breast cancer, patients must prove these three basic elements:

  1. a doctor-patient relationship existed at the time of the alleged error in diagnosis
  2. the doctor’s error rose to the level of negligence, and
  3. the patient suffered harm due to that negligence.

Doctors have a responsibility to take a woman’s breast health seriously, and there should never be an excuse for a delayed diagnosis.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Breast Cancer Patients

The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti have spent nearly three decades fighting for victims of preventable medical errors. From failure to inform a patient of a condition and properly counsel them on treatment, to missed or delayed diagnoses and medication errors, our attorneys have over 130 years of combined experience researching and litigating medical mistakes.

Our consultations are always free and confidential. Request time with one of our medical malpractice attorneys and receive a free consultation by calling 312-332-2872, or complete our online case evaluation request form.

Also read: Successful Medical Malpractice Cases


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