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Helping Pennsylvania women recognize signs of breast cancer

According to a study conducted in England, one out of every six breast cancer patients initially visit the doctor for something other than a lump. Research also shows that if a woman doesn't have a lump, she is more likely to wait before seeing a doctor. Waiting to seek help could lead to a negative outcome for an individual if the cancer isn't caught in time.

The results were gleaned from a study of 2,300 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2009 and 2010. Of those patients, 7 percent had nipple abnormalities while another 6 percent had breast pain as their initial symptom instead of a lump. Other first symptoms that weren't lumps included breast ulcerations and breast infections. The study concluded that only 7 percent of those who had a lump as their initial symptom waited 90 days to seek care.

That compared to 15 percent who had a symptom other than a lump and 20 percent of those who had both a lump and other symptoms. Waiting more than 90 days to seek treatment after noticing symptoms has been found to correlate with lower survival rates over a five-year period. In a statement, the director of the National Cancer Research Institute said that awareness campaigns are needed to make sure that patients get the treatment that they need.

A failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner will often result in a worsened medical condition as the disease metastasizes to other parts of the body. An attorney representing a patient who has been harmed in this manner will often obtain the opinions of medical experts to determine whether such failure constituted a failure by the practitioner to exhibit the requisite standard of care and thus negligence.

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