Yet, many women do not learn that they have breast cancer until it has metastasized and reached stage 4.
When breast cancer is diagnosed and treated while still in the early stages, when it is still small and localized, the woman has an excellent (97 percent or greater) chance of surviving the cancer. But without a diagnosis and treatment the breast cancer will grow and eventually spread. In its most advanced form,the cancer metastasizes (reaches distant parts of the body). This is classified as stage 4 breast cancer. Even with all the advances that have been made in the treatment of cancer, once the cancer reaches stage 4, a woman has a very poor chance (under 25 percent) of surviving the cancer for longer than five years.Why You May Have A Medical Malpractice Claim
A delay caused by the doctor or health care provider which allows the cancer to progress from an early stage to stage 4 can mean the difference between a treatable cancer with an excellent likelihood of survival and one which, even with treatment, has a poor likelihood of survival.
If you were diagnosed with metastatic stage 4 breast cancer and you believe your doctor or health care provider should have diagnosed the cancer while still in its early stage you should conssult with an attorney to determine whether you may have a medical malpractice claim. Please note that the law limits the amount of time you have to pursue a claim. If you wait beyond that time frame you will be barred from succeeding on the claim.
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