One of the most common types of medical malpractice cases is misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer. This is particularly true of breast cancer, which represents a large segment of medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States. One reason is breast cancer is so common compared to other cancers.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for U.S. women and leading cause of death for women ages 40 to 55. Despite this, many women who develop breast cancer and could be treated are denied the opportunity when physicians negligently fail to diagnose the condition until too late.