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Failure to seek breast cancer screening and misdiagnosis by physicians leads to unacceptable, preventable breast cancer morbidity and mortality. Mammograms allow detection of suspicious lumps in women's breasts, which can then be further diagnosed with ultrasound guided biopsy or surgery. Malpractice is considered when doctors fail to follow guidelines that might otherwise diagnose breast cancer as opposed to medical negligence when doctors follow the rules, but a diagnosis is missed. Either way, treatment is put off until a later diagnosis which could prove fatal due to disseminated disease. Treatment includes mastectomy (removal of the breast tissue) and sentinel lymph node biopsy, and/or radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cause of cancer in American women and results in 18% of cancer deaths per year.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Cochran, Foley & Associates of Livonia, Michigan

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About: Breast cancer and litigation

Date: 1 July 2005

Source: Cochran, Foley & Associates of Livonia, Michigan

Author: Scott Lorenz


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