This post is in association with Alexander Harris.
The battle with breast cancer can be a tough one for women to fight. The emotional impact of a breast cancer diagnosis can be even more stressful than the medical issue itself. Early detection of breast cancer leads to a more favorable prognosis for women. In fact, statistics show the rate of death due to breast cancer has actually decreased.
Part of early detection requires medical care from medical professionals. This care is sometimes not carried out correctly and errors can be made. Sometimes a woman may actually have cancerous cells in one or both of her breasts. These health care professionals may report no concerns when actually there are. As a result, the window of opportunity to take advantage of early detection is closed. In some situations, when the cancer is finally discovered, it is simply too late.
In order for breast cancer to be detected, the patient would have a lump located somewhere in her breast. Once the presence of a lump is detected, then standard medical protocol calls for testing the lump to determine whether the lump is in fact cancerous. Not every lump is in fact cancerous, many can be malignant. In order to determine this, a test such as a biopsy or mammogram would be done.
If the results show that cancer is suspected then the medical professional will often refer the patient to an oncologist. Another indicator that cancer could be present is the sight of discharge. Sometimes medical professionals fail to recognize these signs which lead them and their patients to believe that nothing is wrong. This can actually be a nail in their coffin because they weren’t given adequate warning. Also, these mistakes could lead to radical mastectomies down the road. If a patient finds themselves in this predicament, they would be eligible to file a medical negligence compensation claim.
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