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Misdiagnosis of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages as patients may not experience clear symptoms until the condition has progressed.

If you have any of the following symptoms then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding from cervical contact eg: insertion of cervical cap or sexual intercourse

Cervical cancer diagnosis

A diagnosis is usually made by an annual PAP test which tests for levels of potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous cells. Should these tests indicate the possibility of a risk of developing cervical cancer additional testing should be carried out.

Additional testing can involve

HPV typing:
Similar to a PAP test this tests the strains of HPV present. HPV-16 and HPV-18 are seen more often in women with cervical cancer.

Your doctor may do a Colposcopy to check the cervix for abnormalities. A Colposcopy magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina similar to a microscope and can also assist during a biopsy.

This is the removal of a small quantity of tissue to be used for examination under a microscope. Only a biospy can make a definite diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer diagnosis errors

There are a few common areas where a claim might be made:

  • A doctor may misdiagnose your cancer symptoms for heavy periods or the menopause delaying treatment and referral to an oncologist.
  • It may be that the cancer is diagnosed early on but then inadequate treatment is given to the patient,
  • It may be that your smear test was collected / stored / processed incorrectly resulting in a misdiagnosis
  • Another common area where you might claim is where an overly aggressive decision is made to treat you eg: unnecessary hysterectomies

Your rights to claim compensation

We can advise you regarding your rights to claim compensation and talk you through the process to begin a claim against the NHS. It is always advisable to get professional legal help when filing any personal injury claim including one for cervical cancer misdiagnosis. We can also agree to represent you in court without asking you to bear any expenses at any point during the claim. This is known as a No Win No Fee arrangement. You only have to pay an agreed percentage of the compensation that is paid on a successful claim.

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