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Undiagnosed breast cancer can lead to serious outcomes

When a New York doctor tells a patient that they have cancer, it is one of the worst things they could hear. The cancer diagnosis is frightening and most patients assume the worst. But, when a patient suffers from a misdiagnosis, such as not diagnosing breast cancer, they may not receive the treatment they need in a timely fashion.

Each year, thousands of women with breast cancer are misdiagnosed. Almost a third of cancer diagnosis are misdiagnosed. Breast cancer is one of the most misdiagnosed cancers, which can be a frightening statistic for a woman to learn.

Breast cancer affects one out of eight women in the United States, which equates to thousands of new diagnoses each year. If breast cancer is not diagnosed correctly, a woman may not receive the life-saving treatment she needs. Cancer that is diagnosed in an earlier stage has a much better chance of being controlled, while cancer diagnosed at later stages may have metastasized into other areas of the body and the chances of recovery are much less.

If a person believes their cancer was misdiagnosed, they may want to speak with a legal professional that specializes in medical malpractice. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the cancer diagnoses and determine what happened to cause the missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis. An attorney can hold the pathologist or other medical professional responsible for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Cancer is one of the worst diagnosis a person can receive from their medical provider. But, when the cancer diagnosis is wrong or delayed, it can have devastating consequences for a patient. A patient has the legal right to hold their medical provider accountable for their mistake.

Source: bostonmagazine.com, "Misdiagnosing cancer is more common than we think," Jamie Ducharme, Jan. 31, 2013

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