Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
Like any type of cancer, breast cancer is treated most effectively when it is detected early after risk factors and warning signs are read properly. When those signs are not interpreted correctly, however, the misdiagnosis of breast cancer can lead to the continued growth of cancer in the body.
At the law firm of Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, our experienced New York breast cancer attorneys have a strong track record holding doctors and other medical professionals accountable for the misdiagnosis of breast cancer. We understand the obligations that medical professionals have in the diagnosis and treatment of breath cancer and can help our clients pursue compensation for any financial and physical issues that have come as a result of that misdiagnosis.
If you or your family has been affected by a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, our firm can help you seek closure. Contact us at (888) 260-0473 today.
Missing the Signs of Breast Cancer
Medical professionals, including radiologists, oncologists, and other physicians, are supposed to be able to read mammograms and other tests in order to screen for breast cancer. If one of these signs if not recognized or is not properly treated when it is seen, it can result in a significant setback for patients.
Common early signs of breast cancer include:
- Suspicious lumps
- Nipple discharges
Another way in which breast cancer can go undetected is through misread mammograms. If the results of a mammogram are unclear or ambiguous, the physician must follow up on the results and seek further information.
Can a Breast Cancer Biopsy Be Wrong?
Believe it or not, the results of a breast cancer biopsy are not always accurate. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association involving 15 American pathologists and 240 breast biopsy specimens found that biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast cancer and/or fail to diagnose breast cancer. In many cases, this leads to too aggressive treatment or lack of necessary and proper treatment.
The results of the study revealed the following:
- Only about half of the cases involving abnormal/precancerous cells were diagnosed correctly
- Approximately one third of these cases were misdiagnosed as “normal” or “not worrisome”
- Pathologists misdiagnosed about 13% of normal tissue as abnormal or “suspicious”
While this study was conducted in a research setting and, as a result, contains several flaws, this is not the first study to reveal the difficult nature of accurately analyzing breast biopsies. Previous studies have also shown an alarmingly high rate of inaccuracies in breast cancer biopsies.
It is always recommended that any individual who receives a breast cancer biopsy also obtain a second opinion from a qualified medical professional, particularly if the results come back as precancerous or abnormal.
Call (888) 260-0473 Today
Our experienced attorneys frequently work with medical experts in order to properly review cases of breast cancer misdiagnosis. If the misdiagnosis of breast cancer has harmed you or someone you love, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. At our firm, we will work with you and your entire family to ensure that your concerns are addressed and your voices are heard.
Because this medical issue predominantly affects women, we also understand that some clients may prefer to work with a female attorney. If so, please ask for Attorney Sherri Plotkin, who is a dedicated partner at our firm and has time and time again served as a fierce advocate for our clients.
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