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Delayed breast cancer diagnosis

A South Yorkshire woman has received a settlement of £60,000 following a delay in diagnosing her breast cancer.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life and early detection is crucial.

Women between the age of 50 and 71 should be routinely invited for a mammogram every 3 years.

During 2016 Mrs C should have been called for her routine mammogram, but a system failure meant she was not notified, and no appointment was made.

The following year Mrs C noticed lumps in her breasts. She made an appointment with her GP the following morning and was referred for further investigations.

It was then that Mrs C was given the shattering news that she had cancer in both breasts and aggressive treatment would be needed.

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy left Mrs C feeling so ill that she said she seriously doubted ever feeling well again.

Then, towards the end of 2018 Mrs C finally received the good news that the treatment had been successful, and she was given the all-clear.

Clare Middleton, medical negligence solicitor, at Atherton Godfrey, commented on the case: “I am delighted that this claim has been resolved.”

Medical evidence showed that if Mrs C had been called for the mammogram in 2016 when she should have been, the cancer would have been more easily treated and she would have avoided the need for more invasive surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Clare added: “The defendant NHS Trust gave an apology with a full admission of liability. This allowed us to reach an amicable resolution to the claim without the need for court proceedings. My client is now able to put this distressing time behind her and move on with her life.”

If you have not had your routine breast screening you should contact your GP. You may be prioritised if:

  • You have been told you are at very high risk of getting breast cancer,
  • You are 53 or over and have NEVER had a mammogram, or
  • You are over 70 but have not been invited for your final breast screening appointment.

More information can be found here:

Checking for breast cancer – How should I check my breasts?

Breast cancer and Covid – Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breast cancer

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