Delayed Colon Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers in Connecticut
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Colorectal cancer screening reduces death from colon cancer. It is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through regular screening because polyps can be seen early in the screening process and removed before they become cancerous. With early diagnosis, colon cancer has a 90 percent cure rate, but only about 40 percent of these cancers are diagnosed early. Any undue delay in diagnosing or treating colon cancer can have tragic consequences. Unfortunately, screening is often not offered or done, warning signs are ignored, and treatment is delayed.
The following are among the more common forms of negligence or medical malpractice by doctors in diagnosing colon cancer:
- Failing to perform routine rectal examinations, fecal occult blood tests (FOBT), guaiac testing, and sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
- Failing to test for colon cancer when a patient reports symptoms that can be caused by colon cancer, such as anemia or change in bowel habits
- Failing to follow up on the results of screening examinations
- Failing to recommend appropriate treatment options
- Failing to follow up and communicate with the patient
Did you or a loved one experience any of the above in relation to colorectal cancer screening? Our colon cancer medical malpractice attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers will help you determine whether your physician failed to act quickly enough in diagnosing your colorectal cancer.
Recommended Colon Cancer Screening Test Schedule
The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women follow one of the following testing schedules:
- Yearly - Fecal occult blood test (FOBT), take home method
- Yearly - Fecal immunochemical test (FIT), take home method
- Every 5 Years - Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Every 5 Years - Double-contrast barium enema
- Every 5 Years - CT colonography
- Every 10 Years - Colonoscopy
All positive tests should be followed up with a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society also recommends that people talk to their doctor about starting colorectal cancer screening earlier and/or undergoing screening more often if they have any of the following colorectal cancer risk factors:
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
- A strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps (cancer or polyps in a first-degree relative [parent, sibling, or child] younger than 60 or in two first-degree relatives of any age)
- A personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease
- A family history of hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome (familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer)
Our colon cancer medical malpractice attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have experience handling colorectal cancer misdiagnoses like yours or your loved one's. Our experienced team comprises a registered nurse and a medical doctor who are also lawyers. We will do everything we can to help you.
Please give us a call today to learn about your options.