Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis

What Is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). However, this is a common infection and it must be noted that most women who have contracted HPV do not develop cervical cancer. In most cases they will even be cases completely unaware they have had HPV; the natural immune system is good at fighting the virus.

How Can I Reduce The Risk To Myself?

The risk of HPV causing cancer has led to the introduction of the HPV vaccine for teenage girls. This is thought to be an extremely effective preventative measure. However, just being sexually active can lead to contracting the virus, it is extremely common and most women will contract it at some point even if they have had only one sexual partner. Therefore, the vaccination is at its optimum efficacy is the individual has not yet become sexually active.

Condoms are a preventative measure; however they do not cover all of the skin so they are not a complete protection against the virus. The most effective prevention technique is to get regular cervical screenings so that any changes within the cervical cells will be caught early. These pre-cancerous changes appear as cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN). CIN may also be referred to as dysplasia. These changes are due to the HPV virus, however they do not always develop into cancer, CIN often disappears once the body has fought the virus fully. Only in some women does CIN progress to cancer, and must be treated.

How Is Cervical Cancer Diagnosed And Treated?

Cervical cancer is diagnosed either via colposcopy: this is when the cervix is examined by a doctor using a microscope with a light or if this does not give enough of a view to make a clear diagnosis, a cone biopsy may be performed. This removes a region of cervical tissue for examination.

After diagnosis, cervical cancer is treated in the same way as other cancers: via radiotherapy, chemotherapy and tissue removal. Your treatment plan will tailored to you, and each plan will differ slightly depending on the type of cancer and the progression of the cancer.

When Can I Claim For Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis?

If you or someone you know has developed cervical cancer and you were subject to any of the following:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to provide treatment
  • Failure to provide relevant tests

You may be in a position where you are able to make a medical negligence claim. Cancer can prove to be life changing, and is stressful for both sufferer and family. Your experience of cancer should not be made more difficult by the negligence of the medical staff that are meant to be treating you to the best of their abilities.

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