January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and although we’ve come
so far in diagnosing and treating it, medical negligence still occurs
more than it should.

According to recent reports, cervical cancer is the most common cancer
in women under 35 with roughly 3,000 ladies being diagnosed annually in
countries like the UK. For those in the UK, this is almost as common as
HPV (human papillomavirus).

Early symptoms can include abnormal bleeding, pain during intercourse and
discharge. If the cancer has spread outside of the cervix, things such
as constipation, blood in urine, bone pain, tiredness, weight loss, severe
back pain and swelling in one leg can potentially mean the cancer is metastasizing.

Inevitably medical mistakes are bound to happen and not every mistake is
considered negligent, nor is it something a doctor sets out to do. Often
times, in order to prove negligence, there must be a delay in your diagnosis
or proof that your condition could have gotten better with additional
or different treatment plans.

Below are three general questions that can help guide you for informational
purposes only.

What types of medical errors can be made in cervical cancer cases that
result in negligence?

  • Misread pap smears
  • Failure to biopsy
  • Malignant biopsy interpreted as benign
  • Failure to conduct follow up testing
  • Missed test results
  • Delays in diagnosis
  • Delays in treatment
  • Improper treatment

What kind of injuries can occur if you’ve suffered negligence?

Failure to properly diagnose or treat can result in different types of
injuries such as the metastasizing of the cancer, an impact on fertility
or life expectancy as well as the need for a more aggressive treatment.

What can be done to help?

Pursue a negligence claim. Speak with an attorney that specializes in this
area and see what your options are. No one deserves negligence and although
not done intentionally, it can wreak havoc on your life or future.