Delay in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and it is the second most common female cancer diagnosed in the US. 4 million women in the US alone are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is caused by DNA mutations that instruct your cells to grow abnormally.


Increased Risk Factors for developing breast cancer include:

  • Females
  • Increases with Age
  • Prior history of breast  cancer
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Inherited genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
  • Having dense breasts
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to radiation treatment earlier in life
  • Having your menses prior to age 12
  • Beginning menopause at an older age
  • Having your first child after 30 years old
  • Never being pregnant
  • Postmenopausal hormone therapy
  • Alcohol consumption

Unfortunately, despite how common breast cancer is and the known risk factors, doctors and/or their office staff negligently fail to promptly diagnose breast cancer.

Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer is Key to Increasing Cure and Survival Rates


The most common reasons breast cancer is not timely diagnosed:

  • The doctor or nurse failed to obtain an adequate medical history
  • The doctor or nurse failed to perform a proper breast exam
  • The doctor or nurse failed to order proper radiological studies such as a mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI
  • The doctor or nurse failed to order lab testing 
  • The doctor or nurse ordered the radiological studies and/or lab testing but they were not performed because the doctor, nurse, hospital, or medical group failed to tell the patient
  • The provider failed to receive the patient’s diagnostic/laboratory test results
  • The patient did not receive the diagnostic/laboratory test results

Here at Lebson Tangredi PLLC we have handled hundreds of failure to promptly diagnose breast cancer cases.