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Early detection of breast cancer important for survival chances

New York women should know that a study demonstrated that catching breast cancer at an early stage still matters when it comes to determining how long a cancer patient is likely to live after diagnosis. The study was published in a medical journal in October 2015.

Researchers based at several medical universities and organizations in the Netherlands used data from approximately 174,000 Dutch women. The results found that the survival of the participants was significantly shorter for those whose lymph nodes were impacted by the cancer than those whose cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes when they were diagnosed. Additionally, tumors that were larger and invasive were more likely to be fatal than tumors that were smaller.

The results of the study indicated that the detection time of breast cancer was still extremely important for the survival of the patients. However, there are popular views that when the cancers are detected have no impact on women's survival rates. For example, Breast Cancer Action, a charitable organization, stated that early detection of breast cancer did not save lives. Two physicians also noted in a retrospective study stated that improved survival chances were the result of progressive treatment and not mammography.

A patient who discovers that she has late-stage cancer after having been regularly screened may want to discuss with a medical malpractice attorney the recourse for such a delayed cancer diagnosis. In some cases, a delayed diagnosis may be caused by a misinterpreted or misread mammogram, MRI or X-ray. If this is the case, the attorney may recommend filing a medical malpractice claim lawsuit seeking appropriate damages from the responsible parties.

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