Although rectal cancer is common, widely known and preventable, doctors still fail to recognize it early enough to intervene effectively and stop its spread in their patients. If you have suffered rectal cancer due to misdiagnosis or screening failure on the part of your doctor, talk with an experienced attorney about bringing a legal claim to obtain the compensation you deserve.
At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, our attorneys have ample experience fighting for clients throughout Chicagoland, Illinois, who have advanced stages of rectal, colon, prostate, bladder and all types of cancer. These clients, if screened earlier or diagnosed properly, could be cancer-free. Working compassionately with each person, connecting and listening, we work to not only get the best compensation for you and your family but to also affect the way medical professionals operate their businesses.
Misdiagnosis of Rectal Cancer Is Common, Yet Preventable
Rectal, or colorectal, cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and it is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women combined.
It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Regular screening, even when you have no symptoms of the disease, for polyps can prevent colorectal cancer altogether. It can take between 10 and 15 years for the polyps to develop into cancer, so if they’re found before they’re cancerous, they can be removed and avoided altogether. Additionally, if colorectal cancer has formed, it is easily cured in its early stages. Failure to diagnose cancer is malpractice, and those who suffer as a result are entitled to compensation for their losses.
Doctors know this information, yet they still fail to screen for rectal cancer. While those who have no risk factors should begin regular colorectal screening at the age of 50, if there is a family history of polyps or cancer, or any other risk factors involved, your doctor should start your screening at a younger age, offering screenings more frequently. However, doctors are not screening their patients or they are missing the polyps. By not removing the polyps, the cancer develops, killing more than 50,000 people each year.