Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with 48,000 women being diagnosed each year. Eight out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50 years of age, although it can affect women of any age and can (rarely) also affect men.
Breast cancer causes cells in the body to grow and multiply at an uncontrollable rate. There are a number of symptoms but it is most commonly first noticed as a lump or swelling in the breast tissue or armpit. Other symptoms could include:
- Nipple discharge
- A change in size or shape of one or both breasts
- Lump/swelling in armpits
- Pain in your breasts or armpit not related to your period
- Rash on or around your nipples
If caught early, breast cancer can be treated before it spreads to other parts of the body. Your GP will examine you and may refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic; urgent referrals should be seen within two weeks. You’ll need to have a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound scan, as well as biopsy of breast tissue.
Treatments available include hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The type of treatment given will depend on the stage and grade of your cancer, your age and general health. Failure to diagnose breast cancer could mean treatment is delayed, giving the cancer a chance to spread and affecting your prognosis.
Are you suffering from breast cancer?
If you have received a delayed diagnosis or suffered after failure to diagnose breast cancer, the good news is that there is action you can take. Don’t suffer in silence; contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you could make a claim for compensation. There is usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim, and your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings will be taken into account to work out how much compensation you’re entitled to.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We’ve helped hundreds of people who have suffered after failure to diagnose breast cancer, and we could help you too. Take the 30-second test on our website to see how much compensation you could claim or pick up the phone and call us today on 0800 689 0500. We’re open 24/7 and here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim