Moving to Florida after retirement is the dream of a lot of people who live and work in the United States, and many people follow through on that dream. Because we have so many retired folk who reside in our great state, though, it’s not a big surprise that we have higher rates of age-related diseases and illnesses, cancer chief among them. Of course the rates of medical malpractice are proportionally higher as well — and you should be ready to spot the signs, because chances are you or someone you know will find themselves in just such a situation.
Breast cancer is extremely common among older women, and it’s also a hereditary disease. That means if your mother or grandmother had breast cancer, you’re a lot more likely to come down with it yourself. That means first and foremost you should be checking yourself as often as possible. If you find any abnormalities or unexplained lumps in your breasts, it’s time for a trip to the doctor’s office.
If your healthcare provider follows through the right way, then your concerns will never be understated. Your doctor might order more tests and diagnose you with a disease or illness unrelated to breast cancer, but he or she will never dismiss your symptoms. If that happens, then this is a sign the doctor isn’t committed to your health. Find a second opinion.
If your doctor finds evidence of breast cancer, he or she will ask for a family history. If you know there were other victims of breast cancer in your family, then discuss the details with your doctor in depth. These details will determine the array of tests you will undergo later, so they are extremely important. If your doctor fails to obtain the needed details or orders the wrong tests, you may become a victim of medical malpractice.
Once tests have been ordered, the number of people involved in your medical case will grow — and that means the opportunity for communication issues to arise will also grow. Your doctor must transfer information to a lot of people, and this can also result in mistakes.
A mistake in reading medical tests might result in misdiagnosis. If you have breast cancer but were first diagnosed with a different illness or disease, you may have a good case. If you were diagnosed with either breast cancer or another illness or disease but prescribed the wrong medication (or in the incorrect dose), then you may have a case because of unnecessary side effects.