Amy Nunn Associate
Supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
January 20 – 26 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Research by Cancer Research UK found that cervical cancer comprises 2% of all new cancer cases in women, and it is the 14th most common cancer among women in the UK. In the same research, they found that 99.8% of cervical cancer cases are preventable. During this week, our team of clinical negligence solicitors welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screenings and other ways to reduce the risk of a highly preventable form of cancer.
Whilst in most cases cervical cancer is diagnosed promptly, it is sometimes missed as a result of clinical negligence. In these situations, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation.
There can be a number of ways cancer treatment or care can be negligent:
1. Failure to diagnose; typically due to misinterpretation or failure to act upon symptoms or test results.
2. Delay in diagnosis; late referral to a specialist, delays in carrying out investigations, or failure to respond appropriately to test results.
3. Cancer misdiagnosis; some patients are incorrectly diagnosed with cancer. This can lead to them enduring unnecessary invasive procedures and treatments as well as causing significant distress.
In a 2014 out of court settlement, a young woman received £100,000 in compensation after a routine cervical screening test was incorrectly interpreted as normal. She sadly developed cervical cancer and underwent major surgery, causing damage to her bladder and psychological harm; which could have been avoided had she been diagnosed earlier.
In another 2014 case, a young woman received £420,000 after an unacceptable delay in diagnosing cervical cancer. She underwent life-changing surgery and was left with chronic pain, affecting her ability to work and undertake daily tasks afterward.
At Ince Metcalfes, we have an experienced team who specialise in cases involving negligent treatment, and we can help guide you through the claims process in a sympathetic and understanding manner.
If you have been the victim of late diagnosis of cervical cancer, it may be possible to make a claim. For more information, contact us on 0117 239 8012. Alternatively, you can email us using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.
For more information about cervical cancer including screenings, symptoms and treatment, please visit the Cancer Research UK website.