Compensation for failure to diagnose rectal cancer

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Did you know that bowel cancer is the UK’s third most common type of cancer? Bowel cancer includes both colon cancer and rectal cancer. Both the colon and the rectum make up the large bowel and of the two, colon cancer is more common. Rectal cancer accounts for around a third of all bowel cancer cases in the UK. The symptoms of rectal cancer can be hard to spot and could relate to a range of other illnesses and conditions, which makes failure to diagnose rectal cancer a real risk. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhoea or constipation which lasts more than six weeks
  • Blood in stools
  • Sensation of not having emptied bowels properly
  • Pain in back passage or stomach

Your GP should consider carrying out tests to diagnose or rule out cancer of the rectum if you are over 50 and have a family history of cancer, are a smoker or are overweight. Those suffering from rectal cancer may also experience anaemia (iron deficiency) which can be caused by rectal bleeding and can leave you feeling tired. Treatment can include chemotherapy, drug therapy or surgery, but an early diagnosis ensures the best outcome. Failure to diagnose rectal cancer or a delayed diagnosis may mean that some treatments are not a viable option.

Have you suffered from rectal cancer?

Receiving a diagnosis of rectal cancer can be a distressing and upsetting time, made all the more difficult if your diagnosis has been delayed. Whilst your options for treatment may be limited if your diagnosis isn’t immediate, you can take action to claim compensation for medical negligence. In cases such as these, a personal injury lawyer will discuss your options with you and work to gather evidence in support of your claim, usually liaising with medical experts to prove that your delayed diagnosis has caused you undue pain and suffering.

Personal injury lawyers save the day

The last thing you need to worry about when you are recuperating or adjusting to a change in lifestyle after your illness are huge legal fees. That’s why Accident Advice Helpline offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no fees to pay upfront. We’ve been in the personal injury compensation industry for many years, so we really know our stuff, and you can call our freephone helpline for advice at any time of the day our night. Because we’re endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, trust us with your claim for medical negligence compensation.

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