Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

After non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.  The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment.  Where breast cancer is caught early - when it is still confined to the breast - the five year survival rate is virtually 100%.  However, where breast cancer is not caught at Stage 0 or Stage I, survival rates decline rapidly.  Where breast cancer is diagnosed at Stage IIA, Stage IIB, Stage IIIA, Stage IIIB, or Stage IV, the five year survival rate is 92%, 81%, 67%, 54% and 20%, respectively.

A doctor may be liable for medical malpractice if he or she, given the opportunity to diagnose breast cancer, fails to make the appropriate diagnosis, or when he or she makes the appropriate diagnoses but only after too much time has passed.  The passage of time may deprive a woman with breast cancer of a chance at a cure.

Because of the incidence of breast cancer, women should conduct breast self-examinations beginning at age 20.  At age 20, women should also begin a routine program of breast health, including a physician-performed clinical breast examination every three years.

At Bottar Law, PLLC, our team of Upstate New York medical malpractice lawyers have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical negligence cases involving a failure to diagnose breast cancer.  If you a loved one have been injured due to medical malpractice, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Syracuse cancer misdiagnosis attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at