According to statistics, it was estimated that there would be 1,658,370 new cancer cases in the United States in 2015. That is the equivalent of 4,500 new cases per day. Additionally, roughly 60,290 cases of breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed the same year. 5% to 6% of all breast cancer in the nation is among women between the ages of 15 and 39 years. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and throughout the world.

With the many advancements made in the world of medicine, cancer diagnosis and treatment has come a long way in the past few decades. Advances in science and technology have brought about new methods to diagnose and treat many types of cancer. With breast cancer in particular, early detection of the cancer increases the chances to make a complete recovery.

Unfortunately, there are many incidences of delayed diagnosis of breast cancer and other types of cancer in the US. Many medical malpractice cases arise as a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.

Types of Errors Leading to Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

A number of errors on the part of the patient's doctor, the pathologist who interprets the biopsy, the radiologist who reads the mammogram or the communication that goes between the many physicians involved, can result in a delay in diagnosing breast and other cancers. A delay in proper diagnosis as well as timely treatment can be caused by the following unacceptable errors:

· Failure to detect a very obvious lump during a routine breast examination

· Ignoring reports of acute pain in the breast

· Mistaking a tumor for an infection

· Failure to investigate discharge from the nipple

· Failing to order, misreading or follow up on a mammogram

· Failure to prescribe necessary medication, or begin treatment before the disease becomes untreatable

· Failure to order tests required to deny or confirm the cancer

· Error in reading images or tests

· Failure of prompt referral to specialist for appropriate testing

· Failure to follow standard procedures

· Mistaking a tumor to be benign

· Failure to recommend ultrasound, biopsy, or breast removal when indicated

A delay in diagnosis of breast or other cancers can have devastating consequences. When serious diseases such as these are not diagnosed and treated quickly, it can result in debilitating injuries and even death. A breast cancer patient can hold their physician liable for delayed cancer diagnosis and file a medical malpractice claim against the physician.

A Law Firm for the Ages

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries, emotional distress and other damages due to a delay in cancer diagnosis, you should immediately get in touch with one of the reliable and experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000.

The first meeting is free. The first meeting is on us. What do you have to say? What is your side of the story? We know how to win cases and we know what a winning case looks like.


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