Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
In the UK, more than 35,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year. In fact, this condition is the second most common cause of death in the country. In order to receive the right treatment, it is essential that the condition is diagnosed during the early stages. However, this does not happen all the time and not all bowel cancer cases are diagnosed when they are supposed to be. Misdiagnosis of bowel cancer is still common.
Bowel cancer develops when the cells in the lining of the bowel mutate and become abnormal. They then start to grow uncontrollably and result in the formation of malignant tumours. If bowel cancer is misdiagnosed or if the doctor fails to diagnose the condition all together, the cancer can spread to other parts of body. Basically, when the cancer is left untreated, it reduces life expectancy.
Bowel cancer misdiagnosis can occur under numerous circumstances including:
- Failure to notice the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer
- Failure to perform proper patient examination
- Failure of a pathologist to diagnose the condition
- Failure of a radiologist to diagnose the condition
- Failure to carry out thorough investigations such as X rays, scans, blood tests and colonoscopies
What Are The Risk Factors
Bowel cancer can affect any person, but there are certain groups of people who are at an increased risk of developing the condition. These include:
- Being 60 years and above
- Family history of bowel cancer
- History of polyps in the large bowel
- Pre-existing condition such as Crohn’s disease
- Certain hereditary conditions
These days, the NHS facilities provide screening of bowel cancer for people who are between 60-69 years of age. It is recommended that people between this age group undergo screening every two years.
Some of the common symptoms of bowel cancer include:
- Change in bowel habit
- Rectal bleeding
- Iron deficiency
- Abdominal pain including cramps, bloating and gas pains
Making A Claim
If you have suffered from bowel cancer misdiagnosis, it is important that you seek expert legal help.
Wincompensatiom.com solicitors can evaluate your case free of cost and help you in bringing a claim for compensation.
You can discuss your bowel cancer misdiagnosis claim with a member of our team by giving us a call on our free telephone number.
You can also fill in our quick online claim form and request a call back.