Failure to Diagnose Cervical Cancer – Can I Sue

Medical Malpractice

The pap smear was invented in 1943 but was only introduced into mainstream medical practice 15 years later. This test is meant to detect precancerous cells that may go on to cause cervical cancer in women. Pap smears are usually done as part of yearly physicals to ensure a woman’s health is in top condition as they go through life. Misdiagnosis of cervical cancer by misinterpreting or delaying results can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit as this puts the lives of innocent women in danger.

Cervical cancer occurs in about 1 of 1500 precancerous cases. That being said, there is a possibility that it is under diagnosed due to statistics pointing to the fact that up to 15 percent of all pap smears are misread.

Cervical Cancer Facts

Cervical cancer develops slowly, over a decade. This means that women who are sexually active are advised to have pap smear tests done on a regular basis to catch the disease at an early stage. In so doing, cervical cancer can be cured and stopped from developing as well as spreading to other areas of the body. HPV, also known as the human papilloma virus has been shown to cause cervical cancer by prompting abnormal cell proliferation in the cervix, and should be treated as a matter of urgency to stop cells from mutating, thereby causing cervical cancer.

Here are some of the valid reasons why a person would file a cervical cancer lawsuit:

  • The lab assistant improperly interpreted the results.
  • The pap smear wasn’t done in a proper manner.
  • The doctor didn’t start treatment in a timely manner.
  • A biopsy of abnormal tissue wasn’t done in a proper manner.
  • The doctor not acting upon lab results which may have suggested cervical cancer.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help

Cervical cancer can be fatal, or lead to the removal of the cervix and surrounding organs. As a result, if you or a loved one developed cervical cancer  because of the negligence of a health professional, it is only fair that you seek out justice in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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