A number of medical errors can lead to a delay in diagnosing breast cancer. Cancer diagnosed early has a higher cure rate. The following errors can lead to a delay in both proper diagnosis and timely treatment:
Errors in reading test results or radiographic images
Failing to conduct tests or refer a patient for testing
Failing to recommend biopsy, or breast removal when indicated
Not recognizing an obvious lump during a breast exam
Failing to follow-up on a report of acute pain in a breast
Failing to investigate nipple discharge
Misreading, failing to order, or follow up on a mammogram
Failure to promptly start required treatment
Failure to order diagnostic tests
A delay in diagnosis or failure to diagnose cancers can lead to unnecessary medical bills, lost earnings, and painful treatment. Call a knowledgeable attorney if you believe you for someone you care about experienced a delay or misdiagnosis of cancer.
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