When your GP should refer you for breast cancer investigations
You may have a breast cancer claim for compensation if your GP does not refer you when they should. Under NHS Breast Screening guidelines, GPs should refer women for investigation for possible breast cancer if there is a breast lump, lumpiness, or discomfort that does not come and go with the menstrual cycle.
What hospital test are done for breast cancer?
Hospital doctors generally do a triple test that includes:
- Examining the breast and asking for the patient’s history
- Performing mammography or ultrasound films
- Taking a sample of cells from the breast, through a needle, or biopsy
With dedicated breast cancer units you can have all of the necessary tests on the NHS in just a few hours, be reassured and go home in relief. So, don’t put it off if you have any concerns, see your GP! A few of our ladies at Medical Solicitors have visited the Royal Hallamshire Hospital Breast Clinic and have had quick reassurance, in just one visit. Happily, they had the all clear within just a few hours, and from lovely, friendly nurses and doctors.
However, if the all clear is not given from all 3 tests, there should usually be further investigation. Medical Negligence Claims can arise because guidelines are not followed, or tests are not correctly interpreted.
Breast screening from 50 years old
From 50 years old, women should have routine mammography screening every 3 years. Screening saves around 300 lives per year. For more information on signs you should look out for visit the Breast Cancer Now support page. See our cancer support groups list of helpful links here.
For prevention, look to your lifestyle, as the latest study suggests that the majority of cancers are down to environmental factors (lifestyle habits), not faulty genes.
Specialist legal support for breast cancer negligence
We can also talk to you if your family is affected by the recent admissions by the NHS of failure to call 450,000 women back for crucial screening tests. If you wish to find out whether you, or a loved one, have been affected by that error the Breast Screening Helpline number to call is 0800 800 6000.
Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, our clients do not have to worry about how they can afford to pay for breast cancer claims. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us. Even if we cannot assist with actual compensation claims for breast cancer, we always do our best to think ‘outside of the box’ and signpost our clients for other advise and support that might be of benefit to them.
Support after a diagnosis of Breast Cancer
You may need practical, emotional, or financial advice and support. We have listed many sources of help in our separate web-page. Click on the link below to access it: