According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. Time is one of the biggest weapons to fight any type of cancer, including breast cancer. If breast cancer is detected early on, individuals generally have a favorable prognosis. If the cancer is allowed to grow and spread, however, individuals have a much lower chance to recover from the cancer. It is vital for doctors and medical professionals to accurately diagnose breast cancer. When doctors do not order appropriate tests or fail to interpret the results of a mammogram, patients lose vital time to combat the disease.
Contact Teal and Montgomery today or call 707-703-4038 if you or a loved one has suffered harm due to a doctor failing to diagnose your breast cancer.
If a doctor failed to diagnose your breast cancer in a timely fashion, you may have the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim for your injuries. We are the law firm of Teal & Montgomery. With locations in Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa, we help people throughout Northern California recover compensation for injuries caused by medical malpractice.
Breast Cancer Symptom and Signs
Since breast cancer is not limited to women, it’s important for every person to recognize the symptoms and signs of breast cancer. Any time you notice an abnormality, you should have a healthcare professional investigate it immediately. Although most individuals who have breast cancer symptoms and signs may notice one or two at first, the presence of these symptoms don’t automatically mean that you have breast cancer. Some of these signs and symptoms (According to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.) are:
- Changes in how the breast or nipple feels
- Changes in the appearance of breasts or nipples
- Any abnormal breast discharge, clear or bloody
Benefits Screening and Early Diagnosis
Screening signifies the tests and exams used by healthcare professionals to detect a disease, such as cancer, in people who don’t currently display symptoms. Early detection requires using an approach that allows breast cancer to be diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have happened.
Although everyone can perform self-exams often, once breast cancer has caused symptoms like lumps or other breast changes, it has typically already spread beyond the breast tissues. The purpose of screening exams for breast cancer is to detect cancers before they begin to cause signs and symptoms.
When cancer is not diagnosed early on, patients can die as a result. Even if the delay in diagnosis does not cause death, it may be necessary to endure invasive procedures that would not otherwise have been required. For instance, a radical mastectomy may be required rather than a lumpectomy. Whatever your situation entails, you can take comfort knowing that the law firm of Teal & Montgomery has the experience and knowledge you need.
We will pursue your damages for your medical expenses, your lost income, and pain and suffering caused by the failure to diagnose breast cancer. Doctors and their insurers will fight allegations of malpractice at every turn, even when malpractice appears to be clear-cut. Our law firm will be ready to take your case to trial if it is necessary to get the compensation you need.
We welcome you to contact us or call 707-703-4038 to schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience All consultations are free, and we will not charge attorney’s fees unless we are successful in your case.