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Breast cancer victim awarded $15 million in a malpractice suit against her doctor after her cancer was initially missed

A breast cancer victim has been awarded $15 million in a medical malpractice suit against her doctor after her cancer was initially missed, despite a lump in her breast.  Her doctor misdiagnosed her cancer, costing her precious time in fighting the disease.

The mother of three first discovered a marble-sized lump in her breast in 2002. Her doctor reviewed her mammogram and concluded there was "no evidence of malignancy."  He ordered no further tests, and told her to come back for a regular exam in a year.  Meanwhile, the lump didn't go away.  When she got further testing 16 months later, another doctor found that the lump was as big as a golf ball and determined it was, in fact, breast cancer.  

The woman spoke out and pursued the malpractice case because she did not want another woman to have to go through the same ordeal.  "I just wanted him to admit he made a mistake," the woman said of her doctor. "Doctors do make mistakes."  Her warning for other women:  "If you have any suspicions, any doubts," she said, "speak to the doctor and ask for another test."