In Montana and around the world, 25 percent of all cases of cancer are attributed to breast cancer, which is the most common type of the disease among women. Due to the prevalence of breast cancer, significant scientific research has been dedicated to improving early detection of the disease. By discovering and treating breast cancer early on, survival rates can be substantially improved. The ongoing research has shown results as current survival rates have improved and are now high in comparison to other types of cancer.
However, while early detection has played a major role in improving breast cancer survival and ensuring positive outcomes, some tumors are more difficult to detect. When breast cancer is not detected early in its development, it can progress and become more difficult to treat. One research project has developed a new mechanism to discover more complex cancers by using a computer-assisted system to assess breast lesions. The new technology is expected to save lives by reducing the likelihood of misdiagnoses.
During a mammogram, common techniques can fail to detect certain types of breast lesions. In some cases, it can be difficult to see a border between a tumor and the surrounding tissue, and the cancer may go unnoticed as a result. In addition, other tumors appear to be benign but are actually cancerous. The new computer system uses additional image-processing algorithms to identify cancerous tissues that may not be immediately visually apparent.
Existing technologies for breast cancer detection are very strong, but in some cases, physicians may make errors despite the availability of evidence. When doctors fail to diagnose cancer, the consequences can be devastating as the illness may progress beyond the point for which successful treatment is possible. People who have been misdiagnosed and have suffered negative health consequences as a result can consult with a medical malpractice attorney about the potential to pursue compensation for their damages.