Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis

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When it comes to cervical cancer, regular screening is paramount. However, even with regular cervical screenings, it is still possible for medical professionals to sometimes misdiagnose or give a late diagnosis of cervical cancer, which can lead to more invasive or intensive treatment being required. It is currently the 17th most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK.

Sometimes, cervical cancer can be misdiagnosed as heavy periods or the menopause. If you are displaying the following symptoms, it's vital that you keep getting yourself checked:

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain or bleeding after sex
  • Changes in menstrual cycle

Late diagnosis or misdiagnosis can have devastating consequences. Cervical cancer is, according to Cancer Research, 100% preventable and, if caught early, can have a good survival rate. However, if left untreated, the cancer can grow and spread to other parts of the body, making it much more difficult to treat.

How do I know if I have a late or misdiagnosed cervical cancer claim?

It is only possible to claim compensation if there has been a breach of the duty of care from a health professional and it has resulted in harm or loss. If your cervical cancer diagnosis was weeks or months late but has NOT resulted in a change in the way you would have been treated, then it will be unlikely you can claim. However, if late or misdiagnosis resulted in more invasive or intensive treatment or has led to a terminal diagnosis, then you may have grounds for compensation.

Cervical cancer compensation

If you or any member of your family have suffered from medical negligence in regards to cervical cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. We have friendly expert solicitors that can help you with your clinical negligence claim. We can also represent families where the sufferer has already passed away. Contact us today on freephone 0800 037 4625, contact us by email or call any of our branches across the North West in Accrington, Blackburn, Chorley, Leeds, Manchester and Preston.

Cervical cancer statistics

According to Cancer Research UK's latest figures, dating from 2014, cervical cancer is one of most common cancers for under 35s. The cancer is almost always caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), this virus can change the cell DNA. HPV is a group of viruses and there are currently more than 100 different types, which are usually spread through sexual activity. According to the NHS, it is estimated that one in three women will develop a HPV infection within two years of starting to have regular sex. It can take many years to develop cervical cancer after contracting HPV, but if caught early, there is a good chance of survival. Here are some further facts and figures about cervical cancer:

  • Cervical cancer has a survival rate of 63% for 10 or more years (2010-2011)
  • In 2014 3,224 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in the UK
  • 890 deaths from cervical cancer occurred in 2014 in the UK
  • 24% of cervical cancers are diagnosed during what is known as late stage (stage III and IV) (2010-2014)
  • Around a quarter of cervical cancer cases in Northern Ireland are diagnosed late in (2011-2014)
  • The North East has the highest rate of all cancers in the UK at 649 per 100,000 people. Closely followed by the North East with 633 per 100,000 people (2015)

Numbers obtained from the Office of National Statistics and Cancer Research UK.

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19 Oct 2017

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