Oral cancer, or mouth cancer, comes in many forms and can result in a tumour of the lips, tongue, gums or even in the tonsils. Some of the symptoms may be similar to other disorders of the mouth therefore patients should seek advice from a dental practitioner. Ulcers, lumps or red or white patches in the mouth are usually the first signs of cancer and should be examined further to prevent the progression of cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of oral cancer but there are rarer forms such as cancer of the salivary glands. The causes are varied but smokers, heavy drinkers and those who have contracted certain infections carry a higher risk of oral cancer. Although oral cancer is uncommon, your dentist should take this into account if you are in a high risk group. Treatment may consist of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery or a combination of treatments depending on the type of cancer and how far along it has progressed. Should there be a failure to diagnose oral cancer, the cancer may progress causing complications.
Complications if left untreated
Treatment itself may cause some complications if you are diagnosed with oral cancer. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can make speaking difficult and you may be more prone to infections after surgery. The prognosis may be more serious if there is a failure to diagnose oral cancer. As it does share some symptoms with other disorders of the mouth, misdiagnosis could lead to progression of the illness. This could be considered malpractice if the cancer progresses to the third or fourth stage which could lead to its spread to other tissues in the body. Where there is evidence that cancer was not diagnosed as a result of negligence, you may be able to win a cash payout to help cope financially.
Ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve
At Accident Advice Helpline, we help those who have been victims of medical negligence to claim the compensation they have the right to. By law, anyone who has been injured or ill as a result of negligence is entitled to claim compensation and we can help you through this step by step. Our no win, no fee* policy also means that you will only benefit from making your claim with us. Just give our 24-hour helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to an expert about your situation and to pursue your compensation case against those at fault for your illness.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown