Non-melanoma skin cancer is caused by the development of abnormal cells which can proliferate and spread around the body. There are two types of non-melanoma skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell cancer. Some people can be affected by a more serious type of skin cancer called a malignant melanoma and the first signs of this are typically a change in the size, shape or colour of an existing mole. Commonly, skin cancer is caused by overexposure to UV rays including those from the sun and the stronger rays found in tanning beds. Some other factors which increase the risk of skin cancer include smoking, some genetic conditions, radiation, carcinogenics and some medications which inhibit the immune system. People who have lighter skin have a higher risk of developing skin cancer so the use of sunscreen is advised in particularly hot climates. Tanning beds should also be avoided to reduce the risk. Diagnosis of skin cancer usually begins with a referral to a specialist such as a dermatologist and a biopsy may be taken. If your GP fails to refer you or your skin cancer was not diagnosed and you suffered as a result, you may be able to make a claim.
Failure to diagnose skin cancer
As skin cancer is normally treatable if diagnosed early, a failure to diagnose the illness can cause it to progress. In rare cases, death may occur if there was no diagnosis until the later stages. Some people may suffer pain and spreading of the cancer if there was no original diagnosis or diagnosis was delayed. As treatment may be ineffective or there may be a need for more extreme treatment, patients who have suffered a failure to diagnose skin cancer may have to endure unnecessary suffering, discomfort and pain. If your GP or dermatologist has failed to diagnose skin cancer and you have suffered as a result, you may be able to win some compensation to help you through a stressful time.
How Accident Advice Helpline can assist
We are a law firm which has been helping victims of medical negligence for many years so you can give us a call at any time on our free 24-hour phone line to obtain no-obligation advice. Our expert team of solicitors will be able to determine how successful your claim is likely to be based on the evidence of negligence and the undue suffering you may have been a victim of. Failure to diagnose skin cancer is a very serious case of negligence and you could win a substantial payout at no initial cost to you or your family.