Delay in Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer Claims
In some cases, a delay in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer may be due to medical negligence. For example:
- Did your GP fail to examine you properly?
- Did your GP fail to refer you to a specialist?
- Did your GP fail to follow up on an abnormal test result?
- Were scans not interpreted correctly?
- Were your symptoms wrongly diagnosed as another illness?
- Do you think this treatment caused your life, or the life of a loved one, to be shortened?
Can I Claim for Medical Negligence?
If you believe the treatment you or a loved one fell below the standard you should reasonably expect to receive, then you may have the basis for a medical negligence claim for compensation and rehabilitation support.
Misdiagnosis of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynaecological cancer in the UK, partly because many patients are either misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late.
A lack of awareness of the symptoms, both among GPs and members of the public, is undoubtedly a factor behind the worrying statistics. Figures from Cancer Research UK show there were 4,227 deaths from ovarian cancer in the UK during 2016. It’s therefore essential that people are fully aware of what to look out for.
What are the Main Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?
The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- Constantly feeling bloated
- A swollen tummy
- Pain in your tummy or pelvic area
- Feeling full quickly after eating
- Loss of appetite
- Needing to wee more often
People with Ovarian Cancer can also experience:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Feeling tired all the time
- Changes in bowel habits
- Vaginal bleeding
- Back pain
Many ovarian cancer symptoms are similar to those associated with other common medical conditions, such as anaemia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. And that may explain why many doctors are failing to make this connection.
What Causes Ovarian Cancer?
According to the NHS, the exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown. However, it does believe there are some common risk factors:
- Being over 50 years of age
- A family history of ovarian or breast cancer
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Being overweight
- Endometriosis – a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
According to estimates from Cancer Research UK, around 1 in 50 females in the UK will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime. But the charity also points out that more than one in ten cases of ovarian cancer are preventable.
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