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.
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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.