Over the years, scientists have made great strides in treating breast cancer, and decades of research show that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the more successful treatment will be. Tragically, thousands of victims still die each year, even though they were screened for the disease
Medical malpractice happens when a health care provider fails to follow acceptable and recognized methods for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer symptoms. The resulting delay in treatment can result in the unnecessary progression of cancer that would have otherwise been preventable or at least treatable. Doctors who ignore their patients, misread tests, or ignore diagnostic findings such as mammograms commit malpractice. If the medical negligence results in a delay in diagnosis and treatment, the missed diagnosis can be fatal. The American Cancer Society estimates that 203,500 new invasive cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States during 2004. Over 40,000 are expected to die. Many of these deaths would be prevented by the absence of medical negligence.
In most cases, the longer the delay, the worse the outcome will be. For instance, a delay of several months or more can mean the difference between Stage I and Stage IV cancer, resulting in much higher mortality rates. Early detection and treatment is critical for a positive outcome.
If your doctor should have suspected breast cancer, but did not follow-up appropriately, the consequences can be disastrous. If you or one of your loved ones presented with early symptoms of breast cancer, including palpable lumps, nipple retraction, or other early signs of cancer, but the physician overlooked them, please contact Utah attorney Ryan Springer for a free legal consultation about your legal rights and a confidential case evaluation.