Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis
Skin cancer, can be treated very easily if caught early. The most common sign of skin cancer is the appearance of a new mole, or a change in a current mole. This can happen all over the body, but those areas that get more sun exposure, such as the arms, legs, back and face, are at a higher risk.
Sometimes it is not a mole but the appearance of a lump that is a sign of melanoma.
Your GP, or other medical professionals, should be able to spot any of the warning signs of sign cancer. That said misdiagnosis of skin cancer does happen. As with all cancer delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of skin cancer can cause difficulties in treating the problem.
There are two main types of skin cancer, Melanoma and Non-melanoma
This cancer forms between the Dermis and Epidermis layers of skin and is mainly caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or sunbeds.
Non Melanoma cancer
Includes Basal cell skin cancer, Squamous cell and other rare types. These are the most common form of non-melanoma cancer and develop from cells in the epidermis (the top layer of skin). Merkel cell cancer is a type of non melanoma cancer.
You may have suffered skin cancer related misdiagnosis if a medical professional didn’t do the following things:
- Examine you correctly
- Recognise and investigate symptoms properly
- Refer you to a cancer specialist
- Send you for the correct tests
- Read the test results incorrectly
- Didn’t remove the infected area correctly
Is cancer often misdiagnosed?
The NHSLA, the body that looks after all claims made against the NHS, say their figures show that in 2014/15 cancer was the second most misdiagnosed condition they received claims for.
How do we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
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If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.