If you're suffering from a missed cancer diagnosis, you may be able to file a Georgia medical malpractice claim. As one of the leading types of cancer among U.S. women, breast cancer is a very serious disease. The key to successful treatment is finding the cancer early. In fact, finding breast cancer in the early stages can increase a woman's life expectancy by 5 years.
Screening is recommended for every woman in order to detect breast cancer. This can be done at home by performing monthly self-breast exams. By conducting a breast exam on a regular basis, you will get an idea of how your breasts normally feel and look and can immediately report any changes to your doctor. Your doctor should also conduct a clinical breast exam during your annual physical.
Common Diagnostic Tests for Detecting Breast Cancer
If you develop any lumps or other abnormalities, a number of imaging tests can be used to detect cancer. These include:
- MRI scans;
- breast ultrasound; and
Your doctor may also order a biopsy of the lump to determine if it is benign or malignant. During a biopsy, tissue is removed for testing in the lab. If the tissue is noncancerous, you may need no further treatment. However, if it is cancerous, the biopsy will help your doctor determine the type of cancer it is.
Unfortunately, cases of a missed cancer diagnosis happen all too often. If this has happened to you, you may be able to hold your doctor accountable through a Georgia medical malpractice claim.
Contacting a Villa Rica Law Firm
If you have experienced a missed breast cancer diagnosis, you need experienced legal counsel on your side. As the victim of Georgia medical malpractice, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn't you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case - 1-404-474-0804.