The key to survival with colon cancer is early detection. Colon polyps, which can be removed during or after the screening, are where most colon cancers start to develop. Many polyps will develop into cancer. However, not all of them will. They safeguard the patient and are extremely simple to remove. Due to this, even those who have an average risk of developing cancer should start having a colonoscopy or a similar test by the age of 45, according to the American Cancer Society.
Alarmingly, colon cancer is finding more and more young patients. Whereas the incidence of colon cancer has decreased by around 1% yearly for people over the age of 50, they have grown by about 2% annually for people between the ages of 20 and 34.
Before, receiving a colon cancer diagnosis in one’s 20s or 30s was unusual, but not anymore.
Unfortunately, delayed and missed diagnoses are common problems for persons with colon cancer. To find out if you have a strong malpractice case, speak with Syracuse Delayed Cancer diagnosis lawyers.
SIGNIFICANCE OF COLONIC CANCER
Some of the more prevalent signs include:
- Blood in the urine
- diarrhea or constipation
- stomach ache
- Loss of weight without cause
If you have these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about them. You shouldn’t assume you have cancer because you feel tired, have stomach discomfort, or have diarrhea because many different disorders can cause these symptoms. However, taking into account all potential underlying diseases is a part of making a diagnosis for a patient. And if necessary, a cautious doctor should perform colon cancer screenings.
WHY IS DIAGNOSIS DELAYED?
Unfortunately, despite the need for early detection, some patients must wait years before their cancer is accurately identified—and frequently only after it has progressed. The following are some frequent causes of delayed colon cancer diagnosis:
Mistakes in the laboratory. The results of a biopsy could be mislabeled or lost, or a clinician could receive incorrect test results.
Not recommending a colonoscopy. Because the patient is young and the doctor mistakenly thinks that only elderly individuals develop the disease, the doctor might not advise a colonoscopy or comparable test.
Carelessness. Even a medical professional doing a colonoscopy could not pay close attention to what they are doing.
Absence of medical history. Some medical issues or a family history of the disease may put a patient at a greater risk for colon cancer.