Every year more than 150,000 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and more than 30,000 women will die from the disease.
The majority of breast cancers in the US are diagnosed as a result of an abnormal screening mammography, although a number are also first brought to attention by a patient self-exam. Early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer saves lives. As the Komen foundation recently reported, “Early detection saves lives. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer when caught early is 98 percent. When it’s not? It decreases to 23 percent.”
Because most New Jersey breast cancer cases show up on a mammogram before they are large enough to be felt during an exam, most malpractice cases occur when a radiologist fails to identify a suspicious mass or nodule. The typical case arises when a woman learns that she has breast cancer which has spread beyond the breast. The initial shock gives way to bewilderment that this could have happened despite annual screening mammograms. Shock gives way to questioning, the mammograms are obtained, and it is learned that one or two years before the diagnosis, a mammogram(s) showed a suspicious nodular density that should have been assessed by ultrasound and fine needle biopsy.
Our New York and New Jersey Breast Cancer Lawyers have decades of experience helping victims of late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of breast cancer.
If you have dense breasts, which decrease the ability of mammograms to capture malignant masses, ask your doctor whether you should have a digital mammogram and whether you should add ultrasound to your screening. Also, try to go to a busy center where the radiologists concentrate on breast screening – the more mammograms a radiologist reads, the better able she or he will be in detecting cancers.
If you believe that you are the victim of breast cancer late diagnosis or misdiagnosis, call Simonson Goodman Platzer PC at 1.800.405.7783 to schedule a free consultation.