Failure To Diagnose Cancer

At any given time, approximately 11 million Americans are living with cancer.  On an annual basis, cancer causes more than 1.5 million deaths.  While most people are diagnosed with cancer at age 66, cancer can occur at almost any age (e.g., 1.1% of cancers affect people under age 20).  Many people with signs and symptoms of cancer never receive a timely diagnosis because medical providers fail to appreciate patient complaints, incorrectly assign patient complaints to non-cancerous causes, fail to order appropriate diagnostic studies, and fail to make a referral to a specialist.

As Syracuse failure to diagnose cancer lawyers, the Bottar Law, PLLC legal team knows that cancer misdiagnosis is one of the most common types of medical malpractice.  As a consequence of cancer misdiagnosis, time passes without appropriate treatment and, with the passage of time, cancer grows.  As undiagnosed cancer advances, the chances of remission decrease and the risks of wrongful death increase. 

Cancer progression is staged by size, number and location of tumors:
  • Stage 0: Cancer in situ (early cancer found only in the layer of cells where it formed)
  • Stage I, II and III: Higher number means more advanced disease, a larger tumor, more tumors, and/or spread to lymph nodes.
  • Stage IV: Spread of cancer to another organ, also known as metastatic cancer.
Some of the most common cancers include breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer.  To learn about common cancer-related medical mistakes, click below:
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