Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
Lung cancer is characterized by malignant cell growth within the lung. Usually, the cancer starts within the lining of the bronchi, the small tubes that transport air from the trachea to the lungs. Lung cancer is typically slow-growing and can take years to develop. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the number one cause of death from cancer in the United States.
Causes of Lung Cancer
Most of these cancer deaths (about 80%) result from smoking, including deaths caused by second-hand smoke. Other common causes of lung cancer include:
- Radon gas
- Silica dust
Some symptoms of lung cancer include:
- Chest pain
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Blood coughed up
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms and have been exposed to one or more of the above risks factors its recommend you be screened for lung cancer.
Misdiagnosis by Medical Professionals
Physicians and healthcare professionals who fail to take a chest x-ray, inaccurately interpret the results, or fail to follow-up where indicated with further CT Scan or other testing, may be liable for medical malpractice.
Filing a Lawsuit
Lung cancer is one of the most misdiagnosed types of cancer. Failure to diagnose can lead to delayed detection, allowing for continued growth of the disease and an increase in the difficulty of treatment. If your healthcare professional failed to diagnose lung cancer you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and how to file a medical malpractice claim.