Skin Cancer and Medical Negligence

/, Medical Malpractice/Skin Cancer and Medical Negligence
  • Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer and Medical Negligence

The number of skin cancer lawsuits continues to rise.  Part of the reason for this increase is that the incidence of malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma is on the rise.  According to new figures released by Cancer Research UK, there has been approximately a 10-fold increase in the number of retirees diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year compared to the mid 1970s.  Doctors relate this increasing incidence to short bouts of heavy sun exposure, often when fair skinned people are on vacation, and an aging population.  When these cancers go undiagnosed due to medical negligence, the results can be catastrophic.

Medical negligence cases involving malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are unique cases.  First, squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma cases are generally difficult to prove because they are typically slow-growing cancers.  Therefore, a delay in diagnosis may not cause any harm to the patient.  By contrast, malignant melanoma can be a rapidly spreading tumor such that even short delays in diagnosis and proper treatment can have devastating consequences.

When caught in its early stages, malignant melanoma carries an excellent prognosis.  Full cure consists of simply surgically removing the cancerous lesion with sufficient depth and detail to achieve a “clean margin” of noncancerous skin tissue around the surgical site.  However, when a delay in diagnosis occurs, resulting in a failure to achieve a clean margin, the cancer can spread thereby involving other organs, including lungs, brain, lymph nodes and liver.  When this occurs, the chance of survival plummets and the harm is implicit: life versus death.

Malignant melanoma cases are also unique among delayed diagnosis of cancer cases because the stage at the time of misdiagnosis can be readily determined by looking at the size and depth of the original skin lesion.  With other types of cancer, it is often more difficult to prove that the cancer was at an earlier stage when the missed diagnosis occurred.

Skin cancer cases are an area of interest for me. I have handled a number of these cases and seen the heartbreaking consequences for families facing a late stage diagnosis.

People interested in learning more about our firm’s legal services, including medical malpractice in Ohio, may ask questions or send us information about a particular case by phone or email. There is no charge for contacting us regarding your inquiry. A member of our medical-legal team will respond within 24 hours.

By |2019-04-24T18:00:06+00:00April 7th, 2015|Cancer, Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Leave A Comment

How is Medical Malpractice Defined in Ohio https://t.co/55uELMOVaS https://t.co/dNxS1d9aOC...2 months
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, or other autoimmune diseases already have dysfunctional imm… https://t.co/tdnQIEOrNL...2 months
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced a historic settlement involving Purdue Pharma LP that was set for t… https://t.co/mz6BMgy8E8...3 months
Aneurysms are survivable with prompt medical attention. Just ask the Mother of Dragons. https://t.co/g90u9SJKv8...3 months
Less texting = safer roads. https://t.co/kreS46DjMf...3 months
Patients can't afford their medications. https://t.co/9IAHs17Hik...3 months
Another jury links lymphoma to Roundup. https://t.co/HFD58uvFy9...3 months
Would you hop into a self-driving Uber? https://t.co/kP7PAa2iAB...3 months
State Medical Boards are a joke. https://t.co/as5uJITwja...3 months
Faulty electronic medical records continue to wreak havoc. https://t.co/LT8GzGxRjN...3 months
[map address="23240 Chagrin Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122" type="roadmap" map_style="custom" overlay_color="" infobox="default" infobox_background_color="" infobox_text_color="" infobox_content="Mishkind Kulwicki Co., L.P.A." icon="//www.mishkindlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Map-Marker-e1446737870231.png" width="100%" height="350px" zoom="12" scrollwheel="no" scale="no" zoom_pancontrol="no" popup="no" class="" id=""][/map]