Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer is currently the leading cancer diagnosis and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. Fortunately, since the 1990’s, screening tests and superior therapies have produced a steady decline in the mortality and morbidity caused by this disease. Approximately 75 per cent of newly identified Prostate Cancers are discovered in men older than 65. This does not mean that younger men do not develop Prostate Cancer. In the last few decades, the incidence of cancer in men between the ages of 50 and 59 has significantly increased. Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals fail to complete the right tests or just discount the symptoms of cancer for something else, especially in prostate cancer. This would be considered an instance of medical malpractice.
What is a Prostate and Prostate Cancer?
The prostate is a gland that forms part of the male reproductive system. It is located between the bladder and the anus and is surrounded by nerves controlling the erection of the penis, which is why some dysfunction can be present when there are prostate problems.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is unlikely to produce any symptoms, at least in its early stages, but this is not always the case. Classic symptoms to look out for which may be an indication of prostate cancer are:
– Needing to pass urine more often
– Needing to rush to the toilet
– Difficulty in passing urine
– Blood in the urine (haematuria)
We Can Help
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we are well versed on the particular circumstances unique to failure to diagnose Prostate Cancer. The important piece for you to remember is that you—as a patient or representative of a loved one—are entitled to a very specific standard of care by your physician and related medical personnel.
We urge you to consult with us as soon as you suspect you have been subject to medical malpractice. We don’t expect you to come to us knowing all the answers—that’s our job. We are continually educating ourselves and keeping up to date with the most current legal changes and news so that we may better serve your needs. Our malpractice attorneys have the experience, expertise and breadth of knowledge to pursue failure to diagnose cancer cases of merit.
O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble is one of the most-established and best-known medical malpractice law firms in New Jersey. The initial consultation is free, confidential, and you are under no obligation. Contact us online or call at 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817