Though universally dreaded, most physicians agree that colonoscopies are
the best way to screen patients for colon cancer. Some medical professionals
now suggest, however, that other, less invasive tests could be used just
as effectively to detect and prevent colorectal cancer.
Proponents of testing methods such as the fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
contend that cheaper, less invasive options would assure that more patients
would get screened for cancer of the colon and rectum. The problem is
pressing: colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis
for men and women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Despite
the risk, surveys indicate that approximately one third of Americans between
the ages of 50 and 70 have never had any form of screening for the disease.
Determining which tests to use is essential to help avoid a delayed cancer
diagnosis, which can lead to costly chemotherapy treatments, invasive
surgery, and even reduced life expectancy.
Contact an Attorney
Unfortunately, no matter what tests are available, physicians sometimes
fail to diagnose cancer correctly or even mistake it for another health
problem. If you or someone you love has suffered injury due to the negligence
of a physician or other medical professional, contact an experienced medical
malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice lawyer can assess your case
and help you get the compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain
and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.