Every year over 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in our country. The lower part of a woman’s uterus, called cervix can be affected with cervical cancer. Diagnosing cancer should be done in the earliest stages of the illness for the best results of treatment.
A misdiagnosis of cervical cancer can result in delayed treatment. Without the proper treatment, the survival rate decreases considerably and it may lead to death. A misdiagnosis of cervical cancer can have devastating results due to delay in treatment, wrong treatment, no treatment given when it is needed or treatment given when it is not needed.
There are medical malpractice attorneys representing victims all over the country in misdiagnosis of cervical cancer cases. They will determine if you have a claim by offering free evaluations.
Diagnosing Cervical Cancer
A Pap smear is an important exam for whom who are sexually active. It is not a diagnostic test but is used to identify whether abnormal cells are present. Further testing will be necessary, if abnormal cells are found, for an accurate diagnosis.
Some of the diagnostic tests used are:
Colposcopy – the cervix is viewed by using a colposcope to see the areas where there is abnormal growth of cells.
Biopsy – testing a sample of the abnormal tissue.
Endocervical scraping – a specialized instrument is used to scrape tissue lining the endocervical canal, an area the doctor cannot reach with the colposcope
Cone biopsy – a cone-shaped piece of tissue is removed from the cervix
If tests are not overseen, as it should be, treatments may be compromised. Misinterpreting test results can have deadly consequences.
The Occurrence of Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cervical cancer may be misdiagnosed as the result of:
*The symptoms are missed therefore the appropriate tests for diagnosing cervical cancer are not run.
*The doctor fails to obtain a full patient history, so misses risk factors such as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
*Results from the testing being misinterpreted
*A laboratory error causes the patient’s results to be confused with another patient’s
There are many types of misdiagnosis. Delayed diagnosis, missed diagnosis and wrong diagnosis can each have their own consequence. For instance, a wrong of cervical cancer when a patient does not have cancer can undergo treatments that are not needed. In addition, if cancer was missed, a patient will not receive treatment they actually need to live.
Have You Received a Misdiagnosis?
Victims of a cervical cancer misdiagnosis can take legal action to hold the negligent party(s) accountable. Depending on the unique circumstances of the case, an individual may able to obtain compensation for losses such as medical costs, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish.
Attorneys offer free evaluations, they can determine if you are eligible to file a claim. If it is determined you are eligible they will advise you of your legal options.