Often, symptoms of colorectal cancer do not appear until the later stages — at which point it is significantly harder to cure. At the early, most curable stages of colon and rectal cancer, symptoms may not appear at all or may resemble symptoms of other conditions such as hemorrhoids. In addition, the tests used to detect colon cancer, including sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and lower gastrointestinal series, are sometimes unpleasant, leading patients to skip them.
Because it is difficult to detect colorectal cancer early on, it is important to maintain ongoing health care to help doctors catch it. But even if you are diligent about your medical care, it is possible that your care provider may miss important signs. If a doctor fails to detect this cancer when he or she should, it may be basis for a medical malpractice claim.
The Importance of Early Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
The lack of early symptoms and the highly personal, potentially embarrassing nature of symptoms cause some patients to avoid or delay seeking treatment. Because of the challenges diagnosing this type of cancer, it is frequently the subject of medical malpractice claims. Many of these lawsuits allege that a doctor failed to identify a symptom or follow up on abnormal test results.
If you or a loved one has suffered from or died as a result of a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of colon or rectal cancer, call 315-479-9000 to schedule a free consultation with the medical malpractice attorneys from DeFrancisco & Falgiatano.
When Colon Cancer Progresses
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer. It is deadly if not discovered early because of its quick progression through the body. Tragically, some doctors fail to diagnose the cancer timely and properly. Colon cancer symptoms are often confused with less deadly maladies, which allows the cancer to progress faster and further. Colon cancer can occur for several reasons, including poor diet, bad gastrointestinal health and family history. People can live for years without knowing they have cancer because it was missed by their doctor during routine examinations. As such, routine screening is imperative.
The failure to timely diagnose and treat colon and rectal cancer could mean the difference between having to undergo minimally invasive treatment and more radical surgery or even premature death. Our law firm has represented many people following failure to timely diagnose and treat colon and rectal cancer. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to ensure that you get the best possible representation.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you believe your doctor may have delayed diagnosis and/or treatment of either colon cancer or rectal cancer, please contact the attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers in New York for a free consultation. Call 315-479-9000 or contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments as well as home and hospital visits.