Breast cancer is highly deadly and commonly misdiagnosed. When cancer is misdiagnosed, the patient can end up receiving delayed treatment for their condition, or worse, no treatment at all. This form of medical malpractice is one of the top five diseases in terms of dollar awards. Catching breast cancer in time can mean the difference in life and death. Reasons a medical professional might misdiagnose breast cancer include:

  • Thinking a cancerous lump to be a less dangerous cyst
  • Believing a false negative test despite other evidence (15% of mammograms are false negatives)
  • Taking a biopsy in the wrong place
  • Incorrectly reading the mammogram
  • And more…

Less common, but equally problematic is when a doctor mistakenly tells a woman she has breast cancer, when she does not. In this instance, patients can suffer through a very traumatic series of regiments, which may include:

  • Radiation
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Chemotherapy
  • And more…

It is the duty of the medical professional to be absolutely certain about their patient’s treatment before ruling out cancer or before starting a cancer treatment plan. Failure to ensure the actual condition of a patient before moving onto the next step is a form of medical malpractice, and doctors should be held accountable.


If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed with breast cancer, please contact the legal offices of Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald. We will take whatever legal action possible to compensate you for your suffering, financial burdens, loss of wages and emotional turmoil.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald are dedicated to represent victims and their families who have suffered injuries, or even death, due to doctor, hospital or medical staff negligence. Our medical malpractice lawyers have successfully represented numerous cases throughout the country, and are available to help in all states including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maine, and anywhere in the Northeast region.