Every October, we are reminded of women who struggle with breast cancer. Since breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in America, perhaps it is no surprise that we all know at least one person who has fought—and maybe even survived—this horrible disease. Those survivors may have something in common: their victory is often a result of early detection.

Early Detection Saves Thousands of Lives Every Year

The American Cancer Society reports that early detection in breast cancer patients saves thousands of lives every year—with the potential to save thousands more, as more women take advantage of early screening.

Cancer is so deadly because its symptoms overlap with those of non-life-threatening ailments. Often, patients who are suffering from cancer won’t realize it until the stages have progressed to a point where treatment is far less effective. Therefore, breast cancer screening, or testing before symptoms show, remains so effective in preventing late-stage detection. Detection of a mass while it is still small and has not spread to other areas of the body greatly increases a patient’s chances of survival.

Screening methods include:

  • Self breast exam
  • Clinical breast exam
  • Mammogram

If you have an increased risk for breast cancer, then your doctor must be especially vigilant during an examination. A cancer signal that gets missed could mean drastic consequences for you or someone you love. If your physician failed to perform adequate breast cancer testing in Virginia, then call Shevlin Smith today at (703) 591-0067 for information on your Fairfax medical malpractice case.

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