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What are the most common forms of medical malpractice in diagnosing or treating cervical cancer?

The probability that a woman will die from cervical cancer is directly related to the stage of the malignancy when the cancer is diagnosed. If cervical cancer is detected and properly treated before the cancer has spread, the chances of survival are significantly better than they are if the cancer is not detected until after it has spread. Any undue delay in diagnosing or treating cervical cancer can have tragic consequences. Unfortunately, too often screening is not offered or performed, warning signs are ignored, Pap smears are misread or ignored, and treatment is delayed. The following are among the more common forms of negligence or medical malpractice by physicians in diagnosing and/or treating cervical cancer:
  • Failing to identify a cancerous mass in the cervix during a routine cervical examination;
  • Failing to test for cervical cancer when a patient exhibits symptoms that can be caused by cervical cancer;
  • Failing to perform a Pap Smear;
  • Failing to order or perform a biopsy when the physical examination of the cervix and/or Pap Smear results are abnormal;
  • Misinterpreting the Pap Smear or biopsy results;
  • Failing to react to biopsy findings;
  • Failing to recommend appropriate treatment options; and
  • Failing to follow-up with the patient.
The above are only examples and are by no means intended to be an exhaustive list of acts of malpractice.

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