Some people suffering from cancer are not diagnosed as early as they could be and this can be down to a number of factors. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can be devastating for both a victim and their family, but the expert solicitors here at YouClaim can help to claim compensation on behalf of those who are facing uncertainty over their future due to misdiagnosis or a delay.
If misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer has significantly affected your life, contact the team of experienced lawyers at YouClaim. Our medical negligence solicitors are recognised as being among the very best in the UK and all are governed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Call us free on 0800 10 757 95 or complete an online claim form.
Statistics show that one in three people in the UK will get cancer during their life. With a condition this common, doctors have to be highly aware of the possibility of cancer when making diagnoses.
If doctors fail to make a correct cancer diagnosis and treatment is delayed, it can dramatically increase the chance of the disease proving fatal.
If doctors make a diagnosis of cancer when a person is actually suffering from something else, or nothing at all, it can cause unnecessary emotional trauma and shock, and may even lead to them receiving the incorrect treatment. Either of these situations may be viewed as medical negligence.
With many types of cancer, an early diagnosis is crucial. Lung cancer, ovarian cancer and stomach cancer are three kinds that have a much lower mortality rate following a prompt diagnosis. Those diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the earliest stage have a 92.5% five-year survival chance but this is reduced to 11.6% for those with the most advanced form.
A number of factors can lead to a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer. This scenario is often seen in relation to smokers suffering from lung cancer - they may go to their doctor complaining of a bad cough, but it could be put down to their habit rather than something more sinister.
Doctors may also miss a cancer diagnosis if the cancer involved is a rare type. For example, liver cancer accounts for less than one in a hundred diagnoses of cancer and also shares symptoms with many less serious illnesses. A diagnosis of liver cancer may well be delayed whilst other illnesses are considered to be the cause of symptoms such as abdominal pain and weight loss.
Other forms of medical negligence relating to a delayed diagnosis of cancer include lost or misinterpreted test results, a lack of monitoring for those who are at high risk of developing cancer, and a failure to conduct a proper patient examination.
We understand how distressing cancer misdiagnosis claims are; our experienced solicitors can explain all you need to know without jargon and in a non-pressured manner.
If you wish to discuss a claim, please call our free and confidential UK helpline now on 0800 10 757 95 or you can request a more convenient time when we can call you back. Alternatively, fill in the online claim form and we will look into your compensation claim before we call you to discuss it further.