Breast cancer remains the most common type of cancer in the UK, with almost 55,000 people diagnosed with the disease every year, according to Breast Cancer Support.

Although 85 percent of people survive breast cancer beyond five years, the disease still accounts for nearly 12,000 deaths every year.

Breast cancer can present itself in a number of ways, but the first sign for many is a lump in the breast tissue. Even though Cancer Research UK statistics show that nine out of 10 lumps found are not cancerous, it is still very important to visit a GP at the earliest opportunity if the breast tissue changes.

Scientific and technological advancements have meant that the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer has significantly improved, however, some patients are given inadequate medical advice and care. This includes GPs failing to refer patients for further investigation, insufficient tests being carried out, a delay in diagnosis and misinterpreted mammograms, all of which can have a devastating impact on a patient’s prognosis and sadly, life expectancy.

Gwen Kirby-Dent, senior clinical negligence and serious injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “When a person seeks medical help to address concerns about their health, it is crucial that their symptoms are thoroughly investigated and followed up. An early diagnosis can make a significant difference when undergoing treatment for different stages of cancer.

“Far too often we see patients let down by clinicians failing to identify causes for concern and referring under the 2 week wait for suspicious symptoms when they should be given the highest standard of care.

“At Thompsons, we have a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors who can help and support an individual if they have been victim of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancers.”

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