What is Endometrial Cancer Misdiagnosis?
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The American Cancer Society has stated that in 2012, an estimated 47,130 cases of endometrial cancer will be diagnosed. It is also estimated that 8,010 women will die because of this cancer in 2012. Also known as uterine cancer, endometrial cancer usually does not affect women who are under the age of 50. If it can be caught early enough, then there is a good chance that the cancer will be treatable. As with other types of cancer, endometrial cancer begins when cells begin to grow abnormally. In this cancer, this type of abnormal cell growth begins in the endometrium, the lining wall of the uterus.
What are some of the causes of this serious type of cancer? One possible cause of endometrial cancer is hormone imbalances. When the woman has too much estrogen in their body, the result can be that the lining of their uterus beings to get thicker. This thickness can result in cancer cells beginning to grow. The imbalance of hormones does not immediately cause this to happen, but over time can lead to endometrial cancer. This is one of the reasons this type of cancer is more common in women who are over the age of 50.
Hormones, however, are not the only possible cause of endometrial cancer. Obesity is a possible cause as fat cells lead to the creation of more estrogen. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a disorder which could cause women to have a hormone imbalance. Other factors which could increase the woman's likelihood of developing this type of cancer is if they were never pregnant or never breastfed. If they had ever taken estrogen or tamosifen, this could also increase their risk endometrial cancer.
What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?
As causing endometrial cancer while it is in its early stages is so crucial, it is important that women are familiar with the symptoms which could be pointing to this type of cancer. Most women will experience bleeding when it is not time for their period. It will also be difficult to urinate and may be painful. Sexual intercourse may also be painful and they may suffer from pain in their pelvic area as well. As these symptoms could also be pointing to other medical conditions, it is important that the doctor carefully examine and diagnose the patient.
The normal way to test for endometrial cancer is through a biopsy. A doctor will remove some of the lining of the uterus in order to see if the cells are cancerous. If the doctor makes a mistake during this stage of the case, the patient will not be able to get the treatment she needs. As mentioned before, fast action could make all the difference in these types of cases, so the necessary caution has to be taken. If you believe that your doctor made an error in your case or acted negligently, you could have a medical malpractice case.
If the cancer is caught before it has developed too much, the doctor will attempt to stop the cancer from spreading. This can be done by removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes, as well as the cervix and the uterus (a hysterectomy). If the cancer has spread, more treatment may be required. Radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy may be used to kill the cancer cells that could not be removed through surgery. If you were the victim of any type of medical malpractice, you should contact a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Offices of Joseph M. Lichtenstein, PC for a free case evaluation. We could help you get the compensation you deserve!
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