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Methods used to diagnose breast cancer

Maryland residents can be affected by a variety of serious illness. For women, breast cancer is among the most dangerous. Therefore, it is important for Marylanders to understand how breast cancer is diagnosed.

There are a number of different medical procedures that can be used to find and diagnose breast cancer in women. One of the most common is a physical exam. A physical exam will help a doctor determine if there is something of concern.

In addition to an exam, there are a variety of imaging tests available. A mammogram is commonly used. A mammogram is a type of x-ray of a woman's breast. These x-rays can help to find abnormalities in a woman's breast tissue. A breast ultrasound may also be used to help diagnose breast cancer. An ultrasound uses sound waves to make an image of human tissue. These tests are often used if there is a specific area of concern. Another diagnostic image can be created using an MRI scan. By taking an MRI of a woman's breast tissue, doctors can get a better view of suspicious areas.

Other tests available for diagnosing breast cancer include aspirations of suspicious areas and biopsies. These can give doctors more definitive answers when there is an area of concern.

No matter what type of test is used to determine whether a woman has breast cancer, it is important that the cancer is caught as early as possible. If a doctor makes a mistake during the diagnosing process, a woman can suffer serious consequences. A misdiagnosis of breast cancer can lead to a worsening condition in a patient and ultimately lead to the woman's death.

When a doctor fails to diagnose a serious medical condition like breast cancer, that doctor may be negligent. Negligent doctors may be able to be held legally responsible for any damage caused through a medical malpractice suit. An attorney might be able to help people in Maryland understand their legal rights when it comes to a failure to diagnose.

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