Early diagnosis of any cancer increases the chances of someone surviving and minimizes aggressive treatment that might be necessary. This is why it's disturbing for women who have detected a lump or pain in their breast and the doctor fails to take the steps to diagnose it timely. This can happen for a few different reasons:
1) Someone goes to the doctor and has an examination yet they don't detect anything or maybe they are unsure and say lets "keep an eye on it" and wait.
2) Someone goes to the doctor and they do detect it but they don't take the next appropriate step. They may just send them off for a standard mammogram which is not effective at detecting a palpable mass and it is also not effective for women with dense breast tissue.
3) The doctor fails to send someone to a breast surgeon. A breast surgeon would probably order an MRI or may do a biopsy to determine what's going on in the breast.
Unfortunately, when breast cancer is not diagnosed timely it increases the amount of treatment and aggressive surgeries that might be necessary. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may have a claim against one or more of the doctors in the sequence of the events.
Due to the nature of our small practice, we are unable to take every case, but we always strive to connect clients with the right attorney for them. We are happy to set up referrals to other attorneys who may be better suited to assist you.