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If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Colon Cancer and a health care provider
  • discounted complaints of rectal bleeding or blood in the stool as due to hemorrhoids,
  • did not consider colon cancer as the cause of other symptoms such as unexplained anemia or unplanned weight loss,
  • failed to recommend or conduct colon cancer screening such as a colonoscopy,
  • missed an early stage cancer during a colonoscopy or other procedure,
  • failed to follow-up after abnormal test results, or
  • failed to recommend or provide appropriate treatment

Facts & Figures

  • Is the second leading of death from cancer in the U.S.
  • Over 50% of all new cases of colon cancer involve metastasis by the time of diagnosis
  • Approximately 102,900 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year.
  • Approximately 48,100 Americans will die from colon cancer this year.
  • 80 to 90 million Americans are at risk of developing colon cancer
  • If colon cancer is detected and treated early, the survival rate is high.

Screening

The American Cancer Society and the American College of Gastroenteroloy recommend that screening for colon cancer in individuals without any symptoms commence at age 50. The recommended method for screening is a colonoscopy (repeated every ten years if no polyps or tumors are found and the person has no risk factors). The recommended alternative method for screening is a yearly digital rectal examination (DRE) and a fecal occult bloot test (FOBT). Sigmoidoscopies, preferably flexible endoscopic sigmoidoscopies, should occur every three to five years. For anyone with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) who has had colon cancer under the age of 55, screening is recommended starting at age 40.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms commonly associated with colon cancer include
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Obstruction
  • Change in bowel movement or in the shape of the stool
  • Anemia or a low hematocrit level
  • Unpexplained weight loss
  • Constant tiredness

The recommendation is that the presence of symptoms (in particular if the person has blood in the stool) may trigger the need for a colonoscopy even if the person has not reached the age of 50.

Medical Malpractice and Colon Cancer

The incidence of medical malpractice related to the diagnosis of colon cancer is alarming. Colon cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the U.S., resulting in an expected 48,100 deaths this year. Nonetheless, too many men and women have their colon cancer diagnosis delayed when the doctors in whose hands such men and women entrust their well-being fail to perform appropriate screening tests, fail to properly interpret test results, and fail to take necessary steps when symptoms of colon cancer are reported. When this happens, the physician has been negligent. And the tragic result of this negligence is too often the loss of treatment options and/or the loss of chance of survival.

This website is devoted to explaining how medical malpractice arises in the context of a failure by a physician to timely diagnosing colon cancer; to describing what is involved in pursuing a medical malpractice claim; and to offering a convenient and free attorney consultation to those who believe they have been the victim of medical malpractice.

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Free-Consultation@Colon-Cancer-Law.com If you or a family member have been diagnosed with or Stage 4 (Dukes D) Metastatic Colon Cancer and a doctor or other medical professional
  • discounted complaints of rectal bleeding as just hemorrhoids,
  • did not consider colon cancer as the reason for unplanned weight loss or unexplained anemia,
  • failed to screen for colon cancer by recommending
    1. colonoscopy,
    2. virtual colonoscopy,
    3. sigmoidoscopy and testing for fecal occult blood,
  • failed to follow up after an abnormal test result, or
  • failed to recommend or provide appropriate treatment



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