What Causes a Delayed Diagnosis of Breast Cancer?

Was your breast cancer diagnosis delayed? You might have a case. Finding out you have breast cancer is bad enough.  Discovering that your doctor delayed your breast cancer diagnosis is even worse, and could be Virginia medical malpractice. 

According to a study by researchers from California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, there are many factors involved when breast cancer is not diagnosed right away.  Yet, there is one cause that seems to be prevalent – the physician gives an “inappropriate reassurance that a mass is benign without biopsy.”

 Researchers looked into a sample of 454 breast cancer cases and uncovered the following startling information:

  • 5 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer were assured by medical professionals that the mass was benign.
  • Women who had a negative mammogram were 10.8 times more likely to have a delayed breast cancer diagnosis.
  • The risk of a delayed diagnosis goes up with the use of menopausal hormone therapy.
  • Women over 50 years of age were just as likely to experience a delayed diagnosis as women under 50 years of age.

Some of the other factors identified by researchers include:

  • Misinterpreted mammogram
  • Misinterpreted pathology
  • Poorly performed needle biopsies

As shocking as this can be, the sad truth is that this is the reality we live in with our health care system.

Know Your Rights

If you have suffered from a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer in Virginia, you may be able to hold the medical provider liable.  Costs can add up quickly when it comes to delayed diagnosis cases, which is why you should talk with an experienced Fairfax medical malpractice attorney.  A lawyer will be able to explain your legal options and ability to pursue compensation.

Keep in mind that Virginia medical malpractice cases are not easy to win. To have a successful case, you need to prove that your doctor deviated from the accepted standard of care within the medical community.

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