Late Diagnosis of Bowel Cancer Compensation Claims
We are often asked ‘How can I claim compensation for late diagnosis of Bowel Cancer?’ If you feel you have been misdiagnosed you should instruct us as specialist compensation solicitors to obtain expert medical and legal help for you and your family. It is important to note that Compared to other cancers’, the symptoms of Bowel Cancer (also known as colon cancer or rectal cancer) are not initially concerning and would not usually provoke a reaction to get tested, which is why if you have experienced or are experiencing any of the below symptoms to get tested immediately.
These symptoms can also be easily missed and waved off by medical professionals, which could lead to delayed screenings for Bowel Cancer and late diagnosis. If that is the case contact the expert solicitors who can help you claim for the unnecessary pain and suffering if the bowel cancer has not been detected in time and or your quality of life has been affected by the delays. If you have experienced a late Bowel Cancer diagnosis by a medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation; talk to us following the link below.
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Spot the Symptoms
Bowel Cancer is different due to being harder to spot the initial symptoms of the cancer, these symptoms include:
- A change in your normal bowel motion
- Pain/ Discomfort in abdomen
- Bleeding in stool
- Unexplained weight loss
The rate of survival with Bowel Cancer is hugely dependent on the stage in which it was diagnosed in; this is why if you are suffering with any symptoms, you must get in contact with a medical professional immediately. Not only this, medical professionals must not fail to diagnose Bowel Cancer; this can be fatal for patients.
Failure to diagnose Bowel Cancer is allowing the cancer to grow and metastasize to other parts of the body, allowing the cancer to progress to a later stage. If you believe you have had medical negligence in the form of medical professionals failing to diagnose your cancer, talk to us.
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Using statistics gathered by Cancer Research UK, there are a staggering 43,300 new Bowel Cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 110 new reported cases every day, meaning every 1 in 20 people will develop Bowel Cancer in their lifetime. The survival rate of Bowel Cancer is hugely dependent on what stage the cancer is diagnosed in; this is why medical professionals cannot allow late diagnosis’ to occur.
The difference between being diagnosed with bowel Cancer at an early stage compared to at a later stage is staggering. For example; using Cancer Research UK statistics, when diagnosed at its earliest stage, 92% of people with Bowel Cancer will survive their disease for five years or more. In comparison, only 10% of people survive for more than five years with Bowel Cancer once diagnosed at the latest stage (4).
The majority of Bowel Cancer cases are avoidable (54%), meaning a lot of the cases are due to avoidable lifestyle choices. For example, 28% of Bowel Cancer cases are caused by eating too little fibre.
In addition to this, alcohol abuse is a contributor to Bowel Cancer; increasing chances by 8% according to Cancer Research UK, lifestyle choices make a huge difference in terms of prevention of Bowel Cancer. However, medical professionals must diagnose before the cancer has time to grow and progress into a higher stage. If not, and the patients has suffered due to this negligence. The patient is entitled to make a claim, follow the link below to find out how you can make a claim.
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Regarding the mortality rates of Bowel Cancer, there are approximately 16,600 deaths per annum on average, that’s 45 every day, which is why it is the second most common cause of Cancer death in the UK; accounting for 10% of all cancer deaths in the UK.
Bowel Cancer deaths are most prevalent in deprived areas, which could lead to a comparison to socioeconomic depravation in relation to Bowel Cancer. Furthermore, this type of cancer is most common in in people aged over 75 (58%) according to Cancer Research UK.
With Bowel Cancer being the third most common cause of cancer death in both men and women, it is a shock to learn that according to Cancer Research UK statistics, incidence rates have only fallen by 2% in females and 9% in males. This suggests that there is mass medical negligence still in the diagnosis of Bowel Cancer which is leading to suffering. Follow the link below to learn about whether you have suffered medical negligence and whether you are eligible to make a claim.
Stages of Bowel Cancer
There are four main stages to Bowel Cancer, each getting increasingly worse; hence the importance of being diagnosed as early as possible. The four stages are:
Stage 1- The cancer has not spread outside the bowel wall
Stage 2 – the cancer has grown into or through the outer layer of the bowel wall
Stage 3- The cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes
Stage 4- The cancer has metastasized/ spread to other parts of the body.
For more information regarding the stages of Bowel Cancer; See: Staging & grading | Diagnosis | About bowel cancer | Bowel Cancer UK
For further reading see also NHS Bowel Cancer.
Causes of Bowel Cancer
According to the NHS website the exact cause of bowel cancer is not known, but the following seem to be high risk factors in developing bowl cancer. These matters amongst others will be considered by your General Practitioner and treating Hospital Consultant:
- Weight –in overweight or obese people.
• Alcohol – too much to drink.
• Exercise – little or no exercise.
• Smoking– smoking is a high risk factor.
• Age – most people are over 60 years.
• Diet – a bad diet, usually of highly processed foods, little fruit and vegetables.
• Family history – having a close relative (mother or father, brother or sister) who developed bowel cancer.
There are other risk factors but if any one or more of the above apply to you and there has been a delay in diagnosing bowl cancer, you may be able to claim compensation.
How Can I Make a Claim for bowl cancer?
If you received a misdiagnosis or delayed cancer diagnosis, you should be able to claim for medical negligence. For more information on who can claim see our specialist website: dependency claims, who can claim.
When a loved one has died due to misdiagnosis of cancer, it’s possible to recover compensation on their behalf. You may be able to claim if you are the spouse or child of the deceased, or if you’re the parent of a child. Often there is a three-year time limit after the date of the death to make a claim so you must provide your solicitor with instructions quickly. The three year period may be extended. However, the sooner a claim is made the better.
In any case, a delay to cancer treatment often means the disease could spread further, reducing the chance of survival. If you can prove your delayed cancer diagnosis was caused by medical negligence, then you may have a claim.
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