March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Monthand the American Cancer Society is reaching out to discuss prevention, early detection, and the importance of colorectal cancer screenings. 51,000 people die each year from colorectal cancer and in Hawaii alone, approximately 620 new cases will be discovered and 230 people will die from the disease this year. Hawaii medical malpractice attorneys know that doctors are the first line of defense when it comes to colorectal cancer because early detection makes it easier to treat.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer screening should begin at the age of 45 for people with an average risk of colorectal cancer. Your doctor should discuss these tests with you and if you have a heightened risk due to this type of cancer in your family or you start experiencing symptoms that may be a sign of cancer, your doctor will likely recommend that you begin testing sooner.
When appropriate screenings are done, early intervention may prevent cancer. Most forms of colorectal cancer develop from polyps and when polyps are found during preventative colonoscopies, they can be removed so that they do not turn into cancer. If cancer is detected during screening, doctors will determine the best treatment route to take, which may include any one or a combination of the following:
When a doctor’s care falls below the applicable medical standard of care and a patient suffers harm due to that medical negligence, he or she may have a case for medical malpractice against the doctor. When it comes to colorectal cancer, there are a number of ways that medical malpractice may occur, such as:
Every late diagnosis of colorectal cancer or complication that develops during a colonoscopy does not mean that a medical professional was negligent, but when a doctor’s care falls below the medical standard of care and someone is injured as a result, there may be a case for medical malpractice.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered harm due to negligent medical care, contact a Hawaii medical malpractice attorney at Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt, P.A. to discuss your claim.