The most common symptoms of breast cancer are breast lumps. The “triple test” of investigation should be used to diagnose it.
If the results of examination shows malignancy, the woman must have surgery within 14 days of being diagnosed.
In most cases, early detection results in a good likelihood of recovery. There are other treatment options, such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. Proving that the delay altered the outcome is necessary to be successful in a medical negligence case. In many cases, proving that the malignancy advanced during the delay is required. Therefore, it is unlikely that delays of a couple of months will be enough to constitute a claim for medical negligence. While cancer must be removed to prevent the disease from spreading, allowing cancer to develop increases the risk of the disease spreading to other areas of the body. Failing to diagnose breast cancer can have life-threatening consequences.
Claims for misdiagnosed breast cancer may be pursued if:
The Irish Cancer Society reports that breast cancer is the second most frequent cancer among women in Ireland.
In Ireland, it is estimated that nine out of every ten women will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Early detection is critical because of the increased number of survivors each year.
Funding has been allocated to the search for new medicines, and consequently, breast cancer survival rates are improving. Women aged 50 to 67 who have received invitations for mammograms are recommended to have mammograms every second year.
Referral for follow-up assessment should be made for any patient who presents with cancer symptoms to their GP or A&E. If cancer is found, treatment must be implemented immediately.
Some cancer-related situations may be considered medically negligent:
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