When New York residents go to their doctors with concerns about the possibility of having breast cancer, being told that there is a clean bill of health is a relief. There are, however, times when the doctor makes a mistake and there is a failure to diagnose the disease. With cancer so prominent a problem, significant attention is dedicated to its treatment and trying to find a cure. Given the risks inherent with the disease, a failure to diagnose and delayed treatment might place the patient in a worsened condition.
The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 232,000 women will receive an invasive breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. Men are not immune to breast cancer as more than 2,300 will also be diagnosed. In 2012, a research group linked with the World Health Organization approximated that 1.7 million women across the globe were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Since it is believed that earlier detection improves the prospects of a positive outcome, it is even more important that doctors do not make a mistake and misdiagnose a patient with cancer. The Food and Drug Administration states that more than 39 million mammograms are given in the U.S. on an annual basis to test for the disease. An accurate diagnosis can reduce the number of women who succumb to breast cancer.
Since 1990, the fatality rate in those who were diagnosed with breast cancer has reduced by 34 percent. The number of survivors of the disease has surpassed 3 million in the U.S. With this in mind, a key to treatment is that doctors make an accurate diagnosis. A patient who has been harmed by a doctor’s misdiagnosis may want to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to determine the remedies that may be available.