Delayed Squamous Cell Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers in Connecticut
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The most common type of cancer of the tongue is squamous cell carcinoma. A squamous cell carcinoma tumor is usually located on the side, or lateral border, of the tongue. It is usually somewhat ulcerated and is grayish-pink or red in color. It will often bleed easily if bitten or touched. Smoking and drinking are known to contribute to the formation of this cancer, although some people develop squamous cancer of the tongue with no known extra risk factors.
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What Are the Reasons for Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Most very small cancers of the oral tongue can be quickly and successfully treated by surgical removal, leaving behind little cosmetic or functional change. So early detection and diagnosis is very important.
Mistakes in diagnosing oral cancers can be made by dentists and dental hygienists, as well as doctors.
Some of the reasons for delays in diagnosing tongue cancer include:
- Misdiagnosis of the tumor as an aphthous ulcer or canker sore
- Failing to tell the patient to come back if a lesion does not heal
- Failing to refer the patient to an oral surgeon or ear, nose, and throat surgeon
- Failing to biopsy a lesion
- Mistake by a pathologist in identifying cancerous tissue
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