When you think of a delayed breast cancer diagnosis, you might think of the doctor diagnosing the potentially fatal condition as a different disease. But has it crossed your mind that the delay could have been caused by a mammogram error?
According to researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, a delay in breast cancer diagnosis is 10 times more likely to happen if there is a negative mammogram. These same researchers discovered that misinterpreted mammograms account for 3 percent of delayed breast cancer diagnosis cases.
Mammogram Errors Come in Many Forms
Mammograms play an important role in the early detection of breast cancer. These breast x-rays have two main purposes – to screen for unusual changes in the breast and to diagnose a finding. When the radiologist makes an error, it can lead to a delay in diagnosis.
Some of the common mammography errors include:
- Mammogram was administered improperly
- Mammogram results were not analyzed correctly
- Poor maintenance of mammogram machine
- Unskilled radiologist who misinterprets the test
What You Should Do
There are often a lot of questions following a breast cancer diagnosis, including whether or not the disease could have been detected earlier. If you believe you have suffered from a delayed breast cancer diagnosis due to a mammogram error, you should contact a Fairfax medical malpractice attorney for advice. You should also order a FREE copy of our book, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime.
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