Medical Malpractice cases filed by young women are increasing, due to a rising number of cancer misdiagnoses.

Breast and Cervical Cancers Go Undetected in Young Women

In a recent report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), younger woman are being diagnosed with cancer in it’s much later stages, making it difficult, if not impossible, to effectively treat. Specifically, the report states that:

…over half of all colorectal cancers and cervical cancers, and a third of breast cancers were diagnosed in the later stages.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers cancer younger women increaseCancer detected early can be treated even without the use of radiation or chemotherapy, which would provide a patient the opportunity to avoid the often debilitating effects of treatment. When cancer is detected late, and damages are suffered, medical malpractice suits are filed.

The reason for the missed diagnosis is most likely due to the fact that younger women are simply screened less for cancer than older women. Most women will not get a mammogram until they are 40 years old. This is due, in part, to the current mammogram technology. Younger women have denser breast tissue, which can offset the accuracy of a reading. So even if they feel a mass themselves and go to have a test done, the tests will not always yield the proper results. Also to blame is healthcare. Insurance policies typically only cover one test per year for women of age. Younger women who would like to be tested might not be able to because of cost.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Catching cancer early is one of the best ways to effectively treat it. Doctors should start noticing the trends of cancer in younger women, and start to act upon them. Perhaps screenings should happen at younger ages, and more often, in order to avoid not only lawsuits, but patient suffering or death.

If you or a loved one have suffered due to a misdiagnosis, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
The medical malpractice lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are skilled and experienced in earning victims of negligence the full and fair compensation they deserve.