An estimated 1,658,370 new cancer diagnoses are expected in the U.S. in 2015 alone. Early detection of cancer is of crucial importance, as it can greatly increase patients’ chances of surviving the disease. When cancer is diagnosed early, the cancer itself may not have had a chance to grow and spread, making successful treatment more likely. For example, 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer in its earliest stage survive for at least five years, while only 15% of women diagnosed with breast cancer in its most advanced stage will survive that long. Delayed diagnosis could be due to lack of patient awareness of cancer symptoms, but may also be caused by physician error. Failure to diagnose near Washington, D.C. is something that a medical malpractice lawyer can evaluate and hold the responsible physician accountable for. Check out this infographic to learn more about delayed diagnosis and its consequences. Please share with your friends and family.