Womb Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

According to data published by Cancer Research UK, there are 9,700 new uterine cancer cases in the UK every year (2016-2018) making it the 4th most common cancer in women and the 7th most common cause of cancer deaths in women, with 2,500 deaths reported in 2018.

If uterine or womb cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage, 93% of patients will survive with the disease for five years or more, compared with just 15% when the disease is diagnosed at the latest stage.

Can I Make a Claim for Uterine (Womb) Cancer Misdiagnosis?

If your womb or uterine cancer was diagnosed late you may be able to claim compensation.

Uterine cancer negligence claims may be brought against a GP, consultant, hospital or other healthcare provider for:

  • Failing to investigate potential symptoms of uterine cancer
  • Delays in a GP referring a patient for further tests to diagnose uterine cancer
  • Misinterpretation of tests designed to help in the detection of cancer—whether generally or specifically.
  • Failing to take further action/investigation on suspicious or abnormal findings.
  • Misdiagnosing a patient who has uterine cancer—leading to unnecessary surgery or other treatments.
  • Any other situation in which the medical care received may have been below acceptable standards during the diagnosis and treatment of uterine cancer

The compensation payout could provide for:

  • Specialist private surgery or treatment to recover from uterine cancer and the consequences of the cancer e.g. hysterectomy
  • Necessary care and assistance
  • Rehabilitation or home adaptations
  • Loss of earnings
  • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)

Delays in diagnosing uterine cancer could result in the condition not being correctly treated for months or even years. Early diagnosis and treatment of uterine cancer have been shown to improve survival and prevent the cancer from spreading throughout the body. Devonshires Claims’ experienced cancer misdiagnosis solicitors support victims of medical negligence to make a uterine or womb cancer misdiagnosis claim on a No Win No Fee basis. For more information on making a uterine cancer misdiagnosis claim or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form

FAQs

Uterine or womb cancer is cancer which affects the womb (uterus). The womb is the organ in which a baby grows. Womb cancer can affect anyone who has a womb; this includes women, trans men and people assigned female at birth.

Most womb cancer starts in the lining of the womb (endometrium) and this is also known as endometrial cancer. Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas i.e.  the cancer is in the glands of the endometrium.

There are 3 types of adenocarcinoma:

  • Endometrioid adenocarcinoma
  • Uterine serous carcinoma
  • Clear cell carcinoma

The main symptoms of womb cancer include:

  • Post-menopausal bleeding from the vagina
  • Unusually heavy periods
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • A change in vaginal discharge

Other symptoms can include:

  • A lump or swelling in the lower abdomen (between hip bones)
  • Pain in lower back or between hip bones
  • Pain during sex
  • Blood in urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Needing to urinate more frequently

Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/womb-cancer/symptoms/

Survival by Stage of Womb Cancer

Survival statistics are available for each stage of womb cancer in one area of England. These are for women diagnosed between 2013 and 2017.

Stage 1

More than 90 out of every 100 women (90%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis. Most of these women will have been cured.

Stage 2

Around 75 out of every 100 women (around 75%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Stage 3

Almost 50 out of every 100 women (almost 50%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 4

Around 15 out of every 100 women (15%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Source: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/womb-cancer/survival

Early diagnosis of any type of cancer generally improves treatment outcomes. The longer the uterine cancer goes undiagnosed, the lower the chances of survival, the higher the treatment cost, and the greater the associated problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends early diagnosis as “an important public health strategy in all setting.”

Early diagnosis of uterine cancer increases the chances of recovery. To claim negligence, one would need to prove that the delay in diagnosing the uterine cancer adversely affected your health outcome.

To make a compensation claim for uterine cancer misdiagnosis, speak to one of our medical negligence compensation Solicitors today. Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching this duty of care caused your injuries.  If so, are likely to have a strong case for compensation.

The ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the date of negligence or the date of reasonable knowledge of the injury.  This means that if you became aware of the failure to diagnose cancer weeks, months, or even years later, the three-year period could commence from then.  In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin our investigations and the sooner we can start to assist with your treatment and recovery.

Absolutely!; Devonshires Claims can provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for uterine cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims

Under a  No Win No Fee’ arrangement, which is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ , you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.

For more information on our ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement, please click here.

If your uterine cancer was diagnosed late or misdiagnosed your compensation pay out could provide for your:

  • Specialist medical treatment on a private basis
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
  • Medical aids and home adaptations
  • Financial support for the loss of earnings, including future earnings such as pension payments
  • Financial support for the recovery of expenses e.g. travel
  • Specialist care and support

The compensation pay out for cancer misdiagnosis can only be determined once we understand the full impact of disease and the delay in diagnosis on your life and wellbeing.

Figures published by the World Cancer Research Fund reveal that in 2017, Uterine cancer was the 4th most common cancer in the UK.

Most Common Cancers UK

https://www.wcrf-uk.org/preventing-cancer/uk-cancer-statistics/?gclid=CjwKCAiA9tyQBhAIEiwA6tdCrBGVXMMzrsR2LUHowvBu6dwWH4HZCSPL5jrdoniKLWca1QvNsQHNdRoCynkQAvD_BwE

 

Other UK Statistics on Uterine Cancer Have Been Published by Cancer Research UK

  • Uterine cancer accounts for 5% of all new cancer cases in females in the UK (2016-2018).
  • Uterine cancer accounts for 3% of all new cancer cases in females and males combined in the UK (2016-2018).
  • Incidence rates for uterine cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 75 to 79 (2016-2018).
  • Each year more than a quarter (27%) of all new uterine cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed in females aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Over the last decade, uterine cancer incidence rates have increased by more than a tenth (12%) in females in the UK (2016-2018).
  • Most uterine cancers occur in the endometrium.
  • Around 640 cases of uterine cancer each year in England are linked with deprivation.
  • Uterine cancer is as common in White, Asian and Black females.
  • An estimated 70,200 women who had previously been diagnosed with uterine cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

 

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/uterine-cancer

 

Uterine Cancer Death Statistics

  • There are around 2,400 uterine cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s more than 6 every day (2016-2018).
  • In females in the UK, uterine cancer is the 7th most common cause of cancer death, with around 2,500 deaths in 2018.
  • Uterine cancer accounts for 3% of all cancer deaths in females in the UK (2018).
  • Uterine cancer accounts for 1% of all cancer deaths in females and males combined in the UK (2018).
  • Mortality rates for uterine cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 85 to 89 (2016-2018).
  • Each year around half of all uterine cancer deaths (51%) in the UK are in females aged 75 and over (2016-2018).
  • Over the last decade, uterine cancer mortality rates have increased by a quarter (25%) in females in the UK.
  • Mortality rates for cervical and uterine cancers combined are generally similar or higher in females of non-White minority ethnicity, compared with the White ethnic group, in England and Wales (2017-2019). See the publication Mortality from leading causes of death by ethnic group, England and Wales.(link is external)
  • Mortality rates for uterine cancer are projected to rise by 19% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 9 deaths per 100,000 females by 2035.
  • Uterine cancer deaths in England are more common in females living in the most deprived areas.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/uterine-cancer#heading-One

Claiming Compensation For the Late Diagnosis of Womb Cancer

A woman’s chances of survival increase significantly if the uterine cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. GP’s and other healthcare providers must be aware of the symptoms and the risk factors associated with the disease so that a patient can be referred for tests as soon as possible.

Although factors do vary between individuals, women who are most risk of developing womb cancer are associated with being:

  • Obese
  • Lack physical activity
  • Older
  • Taking oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Taking Tamoxifen (a treatment for breast cancer)
  • A history of endometrial hyperplasia (when the endometrium becomes too thick)
  • Starting your periods early and/or having a late menopause
  • Family history of womb cancer
  • Some other medical conditions such as diabetes

Source: https://www.wcrf-uk.org/cancer-types/womb-cancer/

If you believe that your GP, gynaecologist or other medical professional was negligent and made mistakes in diagnosing your womb cancer, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Contact our cancer misdiagnosis experts who will take the time to listen with empathy and advise if you have a valid claim.

We offer our clients:

  • A friendly, compassionate and professional claims service
  • A free case evaluation
  • No Win No Fee agreement
  • Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
  • Our expertise in dealing with a variety of medical negligence claims including very complex medical cases
  • Our expertise in securing the maximum compensation available

Devonshires Claims’ highly experienced medical misdiagnosis compensation solicitors will support you through the whole process of obtaining compensation if you have experienced negligent care or treatment relating to cancer.  For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts today on 0333 900 8787, email admin@devonshiresclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.


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