Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Approximately 1.5% of women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer at some point in their lifetime. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, however there are some factors that may make people more likely to develop the illness, and less likely to recover.
Medical negligence is a broad term used to describe any treatment, lack of treatment or other departure from accepted standards of medical care, such as a delayed or misdiagnosis. If you, or a loved one, have been affected by clinical negligence in relation to ovarian cancer, you may be able to make an ovarian cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
Do You Have a Claim?
If medical negligence in any form has negatively affected you, a family member or a friend, you may be able to claim financial compensation. For example, you may have requested testing for ovarian cancer but were denied, or a medical professional may have incorrectly diagnosed, or missed altogether, the symptoms.
If this sounds familiar, or if you are unsure your situation warrants a claim, speak to a solicitor immediately. Our team of experienced lawyers will be happy to offer advice about making a claim, and will inform you of any funding options and realistic settlements.
Causes of Ovarian Cancer
The exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, however there are a number of risk factors that increase a person's likelihood of developing the disease:
- First-degree relatives of a woman who has had cancer of the ovaries are at increased risk and the likelihood is especially high if two or more first-degree relatives have had the disease. A family history of breast or colon cancer is also associated with increased risk
- The likelihood of developing cancer of the ovaries increases with age and occurs most often in women over the age of 50
- Women who have never had children are more likely to develop cancer of the ovaries than women who have had children; the more children that a woman has had, the less her risk
- Women who have had breast or colon cancer have a greater chance of developing cancer of the ovaries
- Fertility drugs may increase the risk
- Hormone replacement therapy may cause an increased risk
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer symptoms can include:
- Abdominal discomfort or pain
- Nausea, diarrhoea, constipation or frequent urination
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling bloated even after a light meal
- Weight gain or loss
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
If you, a family member or friend, are at all concerned about ovarian cancer, we recommend that you speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Talk to Us
If you believe that a medical professional has been negligent in diagnosis or treatment and you would like free advice on our no win no fee compensation claim service, simply complete our contact form and one of our medical negligence specialists will telephone you with no obligation. We have solicitors who are members of the Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts and will deal with your claim professionally and sensitively. Alternatively, call free on 0800 014 7481.