Unfortunately, preventable mistakes can be made when interpreting a screening mammogram. Common examples of preventable mistakes include the failure to properly identify the following suspicious findings on a mammogram:
- Clustered microcalcifications.
- Irregularly shaped spiked or spicular masses.
- A new mass not previously seen on a prior mammogram.
- Shape or size differences between the breasts.
In addition to mistakes made in interpreting a mammogram, patients can also be denied an early diagnosis if:
- Vigilant evaluation and regular monitoring of a palpable breast lump is not performed.
- Improperly relying on a negative mammogram to rule out cancer in a woman who has a palpable breast lump.
- Failing to order required follow-up diagnostic testing, such as specialized radiologic imaging, fine needle aspiration and/or a surgical biopsy
- Failing to obtain a proper sampling when performing a fine needle aspiration and/or a surgical biopsy.
- Mistakes in pathologic interpretation of specimens obtained by a fine needle aspiration and/or a surgical biopsy.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer despite undergoing regular gynecologic evaluation and screening mammograms, you have the right to question whether something was missed. We can help you find answers as we understand that a delay in the diagnosis of your breast cancer may have made a big difference in your outcome.