National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is observed every October by professional medical associations, public service organizations, government agencies and everyday citizens who are committed to providing breast cancer patients and their families with greater access to services as well as sharing information about the disease and raising overall awareness of its impact. NBCAM began more than 25 years ago and has been making a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients, victims and their families since that time.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the United States, other than skin cancers. In fact, approximately one in eight, or 12 percent, of women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their life. Approximately 226,870 new diagnoses of invasive breast cancer are expected to have occurred in 2012 (actual statistics pending). Additionally, it is estimated that approximately 39,510 women in the U.S. will have died of breast cancer in 2012.
By raising awareness, encouraging research and giving patients and families the opportunity to get the support services they need, the nation can help mitigate the devastating effects of this disease. Ultimately, however, the prognosis of each individual patient is in the hands of the healthcare professionals who are responsible for the timely diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
If you have suffered as a result of a healthcare professional’s negligence in diagnosing or effectively treating your breast cancer, the knowledgeable New Jersey breast cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at Blume Forte can help you determine whether you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. To speak to one of our attorneys about your rights and potential options, call us at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.