Colorectal cancer screenings are a vital tool in reducing delayed diagnosis that can lead to deadly results. When cancer screenings are performed correctly and in a timely manner, they may lead to an early diagnosis and a much greater chance for successful treatment and health outcome for the patient. When a physician fails to order an appropriate colorectal cancer screening for their patient they may be putting the patient at risk for delayed diagnosis and decreased health up to and including premature death.
Findings from a study completed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), “Diagnostic Error in Medicine: Analysis of 583 Physician-Reported Errors,” are published in the November 9, 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that failure to order tests, report results to patients or follow up with abnormal test findings are the most common types of diagnostic errors. Colorectal cancer was among the diseases identified as the most common missed or delayed diagnoses.
If you or a loved one has suffered a delayed cancer diagnosis and declining health because your physician failed to order a cancer screening test, contact a medical malpractice lawyer. The attorney may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.
Colorectal cancer screening tests are used to detect cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease but who fit into the recommended testing guidelines or for people that are experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer and other digestive diseases. Some tests may be used as follow-up diagnostic tools.
Types of colorectal cancer screening tests:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy between the ages of 50 years through 75 years. Exceptions to this guideline include those with a family history of colorectal cancers; those in this situation should begin testing earlier on a timeline discussed with their family physician or specialist.
How often should individual tests be performed?
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