How Doctors May Still Miss a Breast Cancer Diagnosis in 2011 – and What Your New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Do About It

Technology and medical diagnostic tests and tools have improved over the years. However, that is no guarantee that a doctor will make a proper breast cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, women must still be aware that their doctor may fail to diagnose breast cancer and that that failure may be a form of New York medical malpractice with serious, or fatal, consequences.

Why Mistakes are Still Made

The failure to diagnose breast cancer can occur because of a variety of mistakes. For example, the doctor may:
  • Fail to conduct a thorough breast cancer screening. In some cases the doctor may fail to conduct a breast exam, and in others the doctor may fail to detect a lump or other concern during a breast exam.
  • Fail to order a diagnostic test such as a mammogram. A doctor may dismiss your symptoms or make a diagnosis without proper diagnostic tools. This may be a more significant problem among young women since mammograms are not usually used as routine screening devices until at least age 40.
  • Not specialize in reading mammograms and make a mistake. A recent study completed by the Group Health Center for Health Studies found that radiologists who specialize in reading mammograms are significantly more likely to detect early breast cancers than other doctors.
  • Fail to order a biopsy based on the breast exam and/or mammogram results.

How a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney May be Able to Help You

It is true that, as much as we'd like to, our New York medical malpractice lawyers can't go back and undo the harm that has been done to you by the doctor's mistake. We can, however, help you plan for your future. We will fight hard for your full recovery of damages to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering. Call one of our experienced New York City medical malpractice attorneys today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to learn more.

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