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Can Breast Cancer Be Missed? – Missed Breast Cancer

Misdiagnosing cancer is an issue in itself. But missing breast cancer happens more often than we know. Watch the video below as Dr. Kenneth Chessick talks about some of the ways breast cancer can be missed, and the detrimental effects it can have on you.

When you go to the doctor, you have an expectation that your doctor is looking out for your best interests. You want to know your doctor cares about your health and well-being. And it’s not to say that your doctor does not have your health and well-being at heart. But mistakes happen, and these mistakes can cost you.

The Law Office of Kenneth Chessick has your best interest at heart, to ensure you get the healthcare and compensation you deserve for your troubles and pain. Give us a call today to discuss your case and let our knowledge and experience work for you.

 

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Video Transcript

Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:20 Diagnosing Breast Cancer
1:01 How Can Breast Cancer Be Missed?

Another question is can breast cancer be missed? The answer is yes.

 

0:20 Diagnosing Breast Cancer

There’s several stages that ultimately leads normally to the diagnosis of breast cancer. The patient may feel a lump and she presents to her doctor, or there’s a routine mammogram performed and that shows some findings which are commonly seen in the presence of breast cancer and are suspicious for breast cancer. There can be symptoms like dimpling of the skin, of the breast, or bleeding from the nipple that either the doctor doesn’t realize can be a sign of breast cancer, or the patient does not. All of those things can result in a delay in the diagnosis and a delay in the treatment for breast cancer.

 

1:01 How Can Breast Cancer Be Missed?

There’s another way that the diagnosis of breast cancer can be missed or delayed and that’s that there are the findings of breast cancer or the findings suggestive of breast cancer on a mammogram. There may be an irregular mass that’s seen. There may be abnormal calcifications that are present within the mass and the radiologist does not recognize that those are consistent with breast cancer, and does not report that to the doctor that ordered the mammogram. That’s another way that breast cancer can be missed.

And then finally, of course, radiologists can issue a report saying that this is suspicious for breast cancer or breast cancer cannot be excluded and the primary care doctor either doesn’t read the mammogram report or doesn’t understand the significance of what the words mean and doesn’t refer the patient for further treatment and care.

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