Breast Cancer Claims

One in every eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. It has become the most common cancer in the UK, and is the leading cause of death for women aged 34 to 54.

Did you know that…

  • One in ten medical negligence claims involving cancer are from women with breast cancer as doctors are failing to examine women and not following up on abnormal test results.
  • Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer-related medical negligence claim against GPs.
  • Around 48,400 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in Britain each year and in the last ten years cases have increased by six per cent.
  • One fifth of all claims brought against members of the society involve cancer with the most common mistakes relating to diagnosis, which was cited in 80 per cent of claims.
  • There are different types of breast cancer which develop in different areas of the breast.  This is brought on by a change in the DNA structure (genetic mutation), which is when the cells grow rapidly causing a mass called a tumour.
  • Invasive breast cancer – has the ability to spread beyond the breast (not that it necessarily has) and is accountable for 80% of breast cancer cases.
  • Non-invasive breast cancer – remains in the breast and does not spread beyond the breast. This is known as carcinoma in situ or pre-cancerous cells.  This does not present itself as a lump but will show up on a mammogram.
  • Less common types of breast cancer include Invasive Lobular breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget’s disease of the breast.

 

Medical negligence by doctors in misdiagnosed breast cancer cases includes:

  • Failure to identify an obvious lump during breast examination
  • Failure to arrange mammogram x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI scan
  • Failure to properly evaluate biopsy or test results
  • Failing to perform a breast examination (during a physical or while treating patient for other reasons) which would have identified a clinically obvious tumour
  • Mistaking a tumour for an infection or diagnosing the tumour as benign
  • Failure to follow up on test results
  • Failure to order a biopsy
  • Failure to order future tests
  • Failure to follow up with the patient
  • Disregarding history of sharp pain in breast
  • Failure to determine the cause of nipple discharge
  • Failure to recognise common symptoms

 

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and believe a delay in your diagnosis or treatment has in turn resulted in additional pain and suffering that could have been prevented then you may be entitled to make a claim. For more information on pursuing an obstetric claim please fill out a claim form or call us on, 0151 735 1000 and speak to a Liverpool medical negligence solicitor today.

 

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