Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer amongst women, and can also occur in men. If you have been suffering from symptoms of breast cancer and your GP, or a hospital, have failed to diagnose breast cancer, or have delayed in the diagnosis of breast cancer, we can explain your legal rights and options. We understand this can be an incredibly stressful experience, so we want to provide you with some answers at a difficult time.

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Forms Of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer most commonly occurs in women, but, less commonly admittedly, it can also be diagnosed in men. Breast cancer is not one simple disease, there are multiple types of breast cancer.

Primary Breast Cancer: Primary breast cancer is localized, affecting the breasts and surrounding area such as the lymph nodes under the armpits. However there are multiple types of primary breast cancer and all develop at different rates and are of different severity.

  • DCIS: Ductal carcinoma in situ – this is very early form of breast cancer, it is not particularly severe as it only affects the milk ducts. It is referred to as ‘non-invasive’ as it does not yet effect the rest of the breast tissue.
  • Invasive ductal breast cancer: This is the type of breast cancer that occurs when the cancer has spread from the milk ducts and has become invasive. This is the most common form of breast cancer and has the most public awareness of symptoms. Symptoms of this form of cancer include – lumps in the breast tissue, abnormalities on the skin or nipple, swelling of the skin or the armpits.
  • Invasive lobular breast cancer: This cancer occurs in the ‘lobules’ in which milk is made and stored. This form of cancer is less common than others and is commonly diagnosed as a thickening of the breast tissue is noticed.
  • Medullary breast cancer: Linked to the possession of a faulty BRCA 1 gene, therefore can recur in families. This is quite rare and is diagnosed due to the same symptoms of other breast cancers.
  • Metaplastic breast cancer: Cells have mutated into spindle or squamous cells. Less than 5 per cent of breast cancer is metaplastic.
  • Tubular breast cancer: The survival rate after developing tubular breast cancer is very good, again occurs due to a cell mutation, cells look elongated and tubular under microscope.
  • Mucinous breast cancer: The cells look as though they are resting in mucus when examined under a microscope. Again has a slightly higher survival rate than other breast cancers.
  • Paget's disease: Most common symptom for this type of breast cancer is a red, scaly rash around the nipple or on the nipple itself. 50% of patients with Paget’s disease will also have a lump inside the breast.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: Extremely fast growing breast cancer, the breast will become red and inflamed. The cancer can present itself very rapidly.
  • Malignant phyllodes tumour: this type of tumour is a smooth, hard lump of tissue that can occur anywhere in the breast. It may often be mistaken for an alternative disorder before being diagnosed as a cancerous tumour.
  • Triple negative: this means that the cancer has tested negative for all the common causes of breast cancer, these being: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and HER2 proteins.
  • Second primary diagnosis: This means you have already suffered with breast cancer and you have been diagnosed with cancer again, either in the same breast or the opposite. This can be a recurrence of the original cancer, or a new cancer.

Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

The most common cause of medical negligence relates to a delay in diagnosis of breast cancer or a misdiagnosis of breast cancer, despite the patient raising concerns with their GP or a hospital. In addition, a hospital may misdiagnose breast cancer from scans taken to investigate causes of pain.

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If you or a family member has suffered from breast cancer and you feel that it was misdiagnosed, or there was a delay in the diagnosis being made by the hospital or GP dealing with it, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

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