'We haven't coped': Women claim failed breast cancer diagnosis led to death

A group of Australian women are launching legal action against doctors and clinicians, claiming that they failed to diagnose multiple cases of breast cancer.

The group claims it led to delayed treatment and resulted in the death of one young woman and advanced cancer in others.

For Leigh Jensen, the mistake had devastating consequences for her daughter Amy.

Amy passed away at the age of 30 after being told a lump in her breast was nothing to worry about.

Dianne Dickenson (left) and Leigh Jensen and part of a group of women taking legal action against specific doctors and clinics. Source: 7 News

After that doctors appointment, Amy told her mother she felt like she needed another check-up.

“I rang and she said I’m in the doctor’s surgery right now and he’s told me I’ve got breast cancer,” Mrs Jensen recalled.

Amy fought for two years and even married her long-term partner just three days before passing away.

“Her husband, and he was only 28-years-old, we love him for everything he did for Amy,” Mrs Jensen said.

Mrs Jensen believes if Amy had been given the correct diagnosis eight mothers sooner, the outcome could’ve been different for her daughter.

Mrs Jensen’s daughter, Amy, died from breast cancer after originally being misdiagnosed. Source: 7 News

When asked how the family have coped with Amy’s death, Mrs Jensen replied: “We haven’t.”

For Dianne Dickenson, it was her own diagnosis that was wrong.

At a check-up, she was told that her breast screens were clear.

Just over a year later, she had to undergo a mastectomy and radical treatment, which has left her with serious health issues.

Mrs Dickenson has offered a stern word of advice for other women concerned about misdiagnosis: “Seek another opinion.”