Cervical cancer once was one of the most common causes of cancer death in American women, but now is very treatable with early detection. Increased use of the Pap test (or Pap smear) has helped doctors screen for cervical cancer in its earliest stages, and, in some cases, see changes in the cervix before cancer cells ever develop.
This year, nearly 14,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection of cervical cancer gives women the best chance of treating and surviving the disease.
Doctors recommend women begin regular Pap screenings at age 21. Any woman can develop cervical cancer, but it is rarely seen in women under 20. It is most commonly diagnosed in women ages 35 to 44, but more than 20 percent of diagnoses are in women aged 65 or older. However, cervical cancer is rarely found in women who were regularly screened before they were 65.
Regular cervical cancer screening is important, and the results of a Pap test could lead to life-saving early treatment. If your doctor failed to diagnose your cervical cancer, a Los Angeles failure to diagnose cervical cancer lawyer may be able to help you seek awards in a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you have suffered or required additional treatment because of your doctor’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444.
Signs, Symptoms, and Testing
Cervical cancer develops in the cervix, located in the lower part of the uterus. In later stages, the cancer can metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body. As mentioned, screening is done using a Pap test, as well as an HPV DNA test, which screens for an HPV infection that can lead to cervical cancer.
Screening tests are important because early-stage cervical cancer generally does not produce any signs or symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. Signs of more advanced cervical cancer may include:
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods, or after having gone through menopause
- Watery, bloody vaginal discharge
- Pelvic pain, or pain during intercourse
Without proper testing, these signs could be mistaken for other common health problems. If you have persistent symptoms, your doctor may order further testing to obtain tissue samples.
Even with regular screening, as well as follow-up testing, cervical cancer can be missed. According to a research published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cancer may go undiagnosed in a substantial number of patients. Reasons for failing to diagnose cancer may include:
- Inadequate physical examination
- Inadequate taking of a patient’s medical history
- Failure to order diagnostic testing
- Delays in diagnostic testing
- Inaccurate or inconclusive test results
- Failure to correctly interpret test results
- Failure to communicate test results to the patient
Staging and Treatment
The severity of cancer is measured in stages, with stage one being the earliest, and stage four being the most severe. When found in the early stages, cervical cancer treatment can be very successful.
Cervical cancer treatment may include surgery to remove the cancer, the cervix, or the cervix and uterus. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy, and immunotherapy may all be used. Palliative treatments may also be used to help with pain, the side effects of treatment, and to improve quality of life.
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A doctor or health care provider has committed malpractice when they fail to properly execute their professional duty in caring for a patient. If your doctor’s lack of care resulted in your prolonged suffering or need for treatment, a Los Angeles failure to diagnose cervical cancer lawyer may be able to help you seek awards for:
- Medical costs. Your doctor’s failure to diagnose your cancer may have caused you to require medical attention. You may seek awards for surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy, medications, ongoing treatments, and other expenses related to your care.
- Pain and suffering. You may seek awards for stress, mental anguish, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring, and more.
- Lost wages. If you are unable to work because of your cervical cancer, you could be entitled to awards for lost wages, future lost wages, or permanent disability payments.
- Wrongful death. If your loved one died because of a failure to diagnose their cervical cancer, you may be able to seek compensation on their behalf. You may also be entitled to awards for your loss of companionship and loss of financial support.
If you believe you want to take legal action, you may want to speak to an attorney before the statute of limitations on your case expires. CCP § 340.5 allows three years to pursue medical malpractice lawsuits. If the statute of limitations runs out, you may not be able to seek compensation.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm focuses on personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits. Our goal is to provide clients with personal, professional, quality representation.
If you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, they should pay. We can help you fight for justice, whether that means taking on insurance companies, doctors, or hospitals. We will not back down from tough cases, and we will pursue a fair settlement on your or your loved one’s behalf.
A Los Angeles failure to diagnose cervical cancer lawyer can help you through every step of your case. An attorney can help investigate your claims and gather evidence, including medical records, eyewitness statements, and expert testimony. We may be able to help you determine who is liable for your missed diagnosis, and ensure you are seeking all of the awards you may be owed.
Our legal team works on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket and nothing up front. We only collect a fee if we win your case. To learn more about how a lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a risk-free consultation.