- Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer.
- Melanoma is less common than some other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread.
- About 96,480 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 57,220 in men and 39,260 in women) in 2019.
(American Cancer Society)
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Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer
The most lethal type of skin cancer is melanoma. Early diagnosis is imperative to a patient’s outcome. Treatment of early skin cancer is almost always performed in a doctor’s office and is rarely painful. However, if skin cancer is not identified and allowed to spread, the treatment can be invasive and painful. If left untreated altogether, skin cancer can be fatal.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Related to Skin Cancer
Clients come to our law firm with stories of:
- A doctor failing to test patient-identified spots or changes in moles
- A physician failing to perform a shaved biopsy after looking at a suspicious mole or skin lesion
- A doctor failing to offer routine skin cancer screening to a patient with a family history or other indicators of increased skin cancer risk
- A pathologist failing to correctly interpret test results
- Misdiagnosis of the type of skin cancer
- Failure to aggressively treat identified skin cancer
- Failure to biopsy removed growths or moles
The failure to timely diagnose skin cancer may result in cancer spreading where treatment is unlikely to permit a cure.
File A Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Case
If you or a loved one has had skin cancer that was untreated due to medical error, call an experienced medical malpractice attorney at 855-90-4INJURY to schedule your free initial consultation. Or send us an e-mail to learn about our experience with cases involving delayed skin cancer diagnosis.