Breast cancer can be misdiagnosed or the signs of the disease can be missed. In some cases, this means the potential for cancer misdiagnosis compensation, as it can not only impact your health but also affect your mental wellbeing and financial situation. A failure to diagnose breast cancer means that treatment doesn’t begin as early as it can, this can significantly affect the success and have an impact on survival rates.
There are a number of different ways a delay in cancer diagnosis can occur, including:
The GP fails to refer you
After presenting symptoms of breast cancer to your GP they should conduct an examination and if the signs indicate that the disease is present, refer you to a specialist centre. If the GP fails to notice the signs it can mean a delay in cancer diagnosis.
Negative results from tests
Even when the correct tests are ordered, the results aren’t always accurate, leading to misdiagnosed breast cancer. While in the majority of the cases the results of a breast cancer screening using a mammography are accurate there are times when everything looks normal when breast cancer is present. It’s estimated that this happens in 1 of every 2,500 women screened and is more likely to occur in younger women.
Test results are read wrong
Medical errors can also occur when it comes to reading the test results. A US study highlighted the challenges of interpreting tissue that had been removed during a biopsy. The research found that around a third of abnormal, precancerous cells were misdiagnosed as not worrisome. The findings highlight how breast cancer misdiagnosis can occur even when the correct initial steps are taken.
Misdiagnosis of breast cancer
There are other conditions that have symptoms that are similar to breast cancer, occasionally resulting in misdiagnosis. Mastitis, for instance, is a condition where a woman’s breast tissue can become painful and inflamed, with breast lumps also a potential sign. The similarities mean a failure to correctly diagnose the condition as breast cancer can occur.