World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, and at Martin Walker Law we would like to use this time to raise awareness about some issues the medical industry creates for those with cancer. World Cancer day is a day to empower the world to show support for those with cancer as well as encourage personal action in everyone to fight for improvement. One way that we would like to participate in this is to raise awareness for when doctors fail to diagnose cancer in their patients. This mistake is more costly than any amount of money because it usually costs someone their life or the life of their loved one. According to recent research from 2016, failure to diagnose properly accounted for 34 percent of all medical malpractice payouts that year. Doctors who fail to perform the required tests for finding cancer in its early stages could very well be engaging in medical malpractice. If a patient is not diagnosed by their doctor early enough it could mean that they will then have to go through a tremendous amount of chemotherapy or other harsh medications in order to combat the disease. If the doctor had successfully diagnosed cancer in the early stages then the patient would have not had to suffer through such harsh of a treatment process.
Other possible outcomes resulting from a failure to diagnose cancer:

  • Shortened estimated life span.
  • Expensive medical procedures may be necessary.
  • The patient passes away in a matter of a few short months.
  • The patient may die weeks after the doctor diagnoses cancer.
  • The patient's cancer could be highly contagious and spread throughout the body at a rapid rate.

This is why it's important for early detection tests to be administered to patients often when they are under their doctors care. Cancer is a very serious illness and should never be discounted when a patient is complaining of symptoms that resemble in any way those of cancer.
The American Cancer Society has some suggestions for avoiding cancer in 2019.

  • Stay away from Tobacco.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

Many types of cancer are easily treated when diagnosed at an early enough stage. These include breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, and renal-kidney cancer. There is no reason that your doctor should miss the warning signs of cancer and submit you for a screening in time to save your life. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer in the late stages you may be entitled to compensation. Call our office today and we can get to the bottom of your situation and make sure that you get the justice that you deserve with your late cancer diagnosis. (903) 526-1600


Cervical Cancer in the U.S.

Cervical Cancer in the U.S.

As it turns out, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable as well as preventable forms of cancer among women. This cancer forms itself in the tissue within the woman's cervix. It grows at a slow pace and does not show many if any symptoms within its victims. It occurs mostly in women between the age of 30 and 55. HPV strains are said to be the culprit of 95% of cervical cancer cases. Why is it then that the rate of occurrence and death form this illness remain very high? Estimates from 2009 by the National Cancer Institute reported that in 2009 11,270 women will be diagnosed with new cases of cervical cancer. The reasons for this range from women not availing themselves to proper annual testing for this cancer. Another is that some of the gynecological exams, as well as pap smears, are too often misread or performed incorrectly by physicians. This alone would constitute medical negligence by the health care practitioner, and a patient would have the right to being compensated. This kind of medical malpractice can be very deadly because if a pap smear is misinterpreted, the cancer will grow slowly over time and become invasive. That being said, women should be aware that a pap smear is their best line of defense for catching this cancer in its early stages, and a second pap smear could ensure it was read correctly. A particularly alarming statistics by the American Medical Association noted that 15% to 30% of all clean diagnosed pap smears turned out to actually be cancerous or contain cancer-like cells. It is very unfortunate that because of this medical error it is now one of the leading causes of death and disability for women that have invasive cancer despite regular pap smears and gynecological tests.