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I Have Cancer Should it Have Been Caught Earlier?

Cancer: Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Errors

Many victims (and their family members) are unprepared for what lies ahead and, unfortunately, if your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer in a timely manner or if you happened to receive bad medical care for your cancer, your burden is that much greater.

Despite tremendous medical advancements over the years, cancer, in all forms, continues to take a terrible toll on people here in Georgia and throughout America.
According to the American Cancer Society, the five most common forms of cancer are:

  1. Non-melanoma skin cancer (over 1,000,000 cases)
  2. Lung cancer (over 200,000 cases)
  3. Breast cancer (just under 200,000 cases)
  4. Prostate cancer (just under 200,000 cases)
  5. Colon and rectal cancer (around 150,000 cases)

It is estimated that there are over 10,000,000 Americans living with cancer, more than 1.5 million new cancer cases in 2010, and that over 500,000 people lost their lives due to cancer in 2010.

Failure to Diagnose Cancer Is Medical Malpractice And It Can be Deadly

To make matters worse, some cancer victims died because their doctor, radiologist or pathologist failed to detect their cancer soon enough before the disease had a chance to metastasize (spread), which made their treatment that much more difficult and diminished their chances of survival.

To be fair, the majority of physicians in the United States provide excellent care. Still, there are a small number of negligent doctors, and even good physicians or other medical professionals can make critical errors. A study by the Institute of Medicine found that medical errors harm 1,500,000 patients a year and may lead to as many as 98,000 deaths per year.
With regard to cancer, some of the most common forms of medical malpractice by a doctor or medical professional diagnosing or treating the disease are:

  • Failing to perform basic physical exam techniques during routine office visits
  • Failing to recommend, perform or order routine cancer screening techniques for patients who are at risk for cancer as directed by established guidelines based on sex, race, age or other risk factors known to the physician
  • Failing to communicate diagnostic test results to the patient or the physician to whom the patient was referred
  • Failing to order the appropriate diagnostic tests for patients with complaints or signs of cancer
  • Failing to perform a diagnostic test with accuracy (obtaining a false negative result)
  • Failing to react to biopsy or test findings, loss of lab results or forgetting tests were performed
  • Making a diagnosis of cancer upon interpretation of lab tests when cancer isn’t actually there

Cancer Misdiagnosis In Atlanta, GA Claims

Here at the Dover Law Firm, we understand the complexities that go into bringing a failure to diagnose cancer claim or cancer misdiagnosis claim against a doctor, medical professional or medical facility, and we've been successful in helping cancer victims and their families collect money damages for injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, diminished quality of life issues and wrongful death that resulted from negligent actions.

If you or a loved one has cancer and feel that your doctor failed to diagnose the disease in a timely manner, contact one of the experienced Atlanta, Georgia cancer lawyers at the Dover Law Firm at 770-518-1133 or request a copy of our free book, I Have Cancer…Should It Have Been Caught Earlier?  You will also find a wealth of information and special reports on this website regarding specific types of cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon and rectal cancer as well as other Atlanta Georgia cancer diagnosis and medical malpractice issues.

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