Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland Attorneys Advocate for Victims When Colon Cancer Goes Misdiagnosed
Colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with a 92% survival rate if diagnosed at Stage One. According to the American Cancer Institute, this high rate of survival generally decreases with delayed diagnosis. While patients can do their part to promote early detection through regular checkups, they are still dependent on their doctors to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis before the cancer advances to a late stage. When physicians fail to meet this expectation, the result can prove deadly. If your colon cancer diagnosis was missed or delayed, experienced Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys secure compensation for your injuries. Contact Schochor and Staton, P.A. for the representation your case deserves.
The Misdiagnosis of Colon Cancer
Colon cancer patients may experience a number of symptoms before a formal diagnosis is made. These include:
- Diarrhea or constipation lasting for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
- Dark-colored stools or blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Unintended weight loss
When a patient visits a doctor with these symptoms, it is the physician’s duty to fully evaluate the patient and order appropriate tests. Failing to undertake adequate testing, inaccurately reading test results, or failing to order new tests in response to unclear results can all lead to a colon cancer misdiagnosis and a delay in vital treatment.
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