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Medical malpractice often has a very severe impact on the people who are victims of it. That could not be more clear than when in the case of a delayed cancer diagnosis or a cancer misdiagnosis. One of the most common forms of cancer is breast cancer, which occurs primarily with women. A delayed breast cancer diagnosis can be the difference between surviving the disease or dying. If you or a loved one has suffered a delayed breast cancer diagnosis, you need to meet with experienced medical malpractice attorneys who can fight for you and your claim. The Pittsburgh breast cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Berger Lagnese & Paul, LLC have been battling insurance companies, hospitals, doctors and surgeons for years. Our attorneys pride themselves on providing their medical malpractice victims with the best representation possible to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact our offices today to set up a free meeting with our lawyers to discuss your delayed breast cancer diagnosis claim.

About 5-10% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a form of breast cancer that is inherited. This cancer results from mutations of certain genes.  This genetic mutation makes women more likely to get breast cancer and other types of cancers.There are two genetic mutations that pertain to breast cancer.  They are called BRCA1 and BRCA2.  These are shorthand terms for “breast cancer 1” and “breast cancer 2”.  These genes are responsible for many cases of  breast and ovarian cancer.If you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, you are at a higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer at a young age.  It is believed that a mutation in the BRCA2 gene also may increase your risk of getting lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder cancer, bile duct cancer, and stomach cancer.If you have a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, it is estimated that you are 3 to 7 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women without a genetic mutation.

In a family with a history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, some people recommend that you first test a family member who has the disease.  If that person is found to have the mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, you can then be tested to see if you also carry that mutated gene.

If you test positive for the presence of a mutated gene, there are several options.

First, if cancer develops, it is important to detect it as soon as possible. You should be monitored frequently for signs and symptoms of breast cancer.  You should have mammograms and physical exams of your breasts.  The earlier cancer is found and treated, the more likely it can be cured.

One method of finding ovarian cancer is to get a transvaginal ultrasound.  Also, physical exams and blood test called CA-125 can find ovarian cancer.

Another option for those with BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer genes is surgery to remove the breasts (mastectomy), even before any cancer has developed in the breasts. This is controversial but is a choice many women have made.

The has also been some research that supports the use of drug therapy to prevent the development of breast cancer in women with the BRCA1 or 2 gene.  In particular, one study found that Tamoxifen reduced the risk of developing breast cancer in these women.

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A delayed breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating and irreparable for you and your family. If you or a loved one has suffered a delayed breast cancer diagnosis, you need experienced medical malpractice attorneys who know what to look for in these claims. Our experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers at Berger Lagnese & Paul, LLC have been handling breast cancer misdiagnosis claims for years. We will fight for your claim at every possible opportunity and provide you the representation that you and your family deserve for your claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation for your claim if you have suffered these injuries at a local Pittsburgh hospital, such as UPMC Mercy Hospital, Forbes Hospital or UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Our office is located at 310 Grant St #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 and consultations can be scheduled either online here or over the phone at (412) 471-4300.

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