Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in American men today, and the second most deadly of all types of cancer in men. It is most often a disease of older men—age 75 plus; but it can occur in younger men as well. Regardless of your age, if you have certain risk factors and symptoms, your doctor should test further for prostate cancer. If you’re 50 or older, you should be receiving routine screenings, because early detection, before the cancer has spread throughout your body, is the best means to achieve a cure.
When your doctor in Arizona has either ignored your symptoms, perhaps indicating that you are too you to have prostate cancer, or not included routine screenings in your annual physical exam, you may have a civil legal cause of action for medical malpractice and be able to recover money as compensation for your suffering, emotional anguish, reduced life expectancy, diminished quality of life, and financial damages. Call a specialized Phoenix prostate cancer lawyer immediately
Symptoms and Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer That Every Competent Doctor Must Heed
Some men have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, especially:
Men of African descent
Men with a first-degree relative who has had prostate cancer
Men who consume a high fat diet
Men who are obese
Symptoms not to be ignored include:
Difficulty beginning to urinate
A weakened urine stream
The need to get up frequently to urinate at night
Blood in the urine
Screening for Prostate Cancer
Regular screening is the best way to diagnose prostate cancer while it can still be cured. The main screening methods used in Phoenix include:
Digital rectal exam
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing
Combining all these methods is the most effective way to detect prostate cancer at an early stage.
Clearly, doctors have tools available to detect prostate cancer early on, before it has spread. But the best tools of medical science are of no use unless they are applied. Unfortunately, these screenings may be skipped, especially in men younger than 65. Although it is less common in younger men, it does occur, and no competent doctor will ignore the symptoms based on a man’s age.
If Your Prostate Cancer Has Spread Because it Was Not Diagnosed on Time
Discovering you have prostate cancer is devastating; learning that it has been discovered too late may seem unbearable; losing someone you love because of a preventable medical error is heartbreaking. Doctors have a legal and moral responsibility to provide each patient with a high standard of care, equal to that which any reasonably competent physician practicing in the same specialty in Arizona would provide. If you feel your doctor has not properly treated you or has failed to diagnose properly, which may include: omit important screenings, blow off your complaints, fail to follow up on test results, or misread a screening test and your cancer has spread, you need the best Arizona medical malpractice attorney you can find. Only by holding incompetent doctors accountable for their negligence can we reduce the harm to unsuspecting patients who rely on their healthcare providers’ expertise.
Arizona Medical Malpractice Lawyers with a Track Record of Successful Results
In Phoenix, Scottsdale, Prescott, and the surrounding area, you can find the experienced legal representation you can count on at the Phoenix medical malpractice law firm of Knapp and Roberts. Our attorneys have many years of experience achieving substantial monetary compensation awards for victims of all types of medical malpractice, including failure to diagnose prostate cancer and wrongful death resulting from misdiagnosis. We work with respected medical experts who help us build a case to prove malpractice on the part of your doctor, and to demonstrate that the wrongful act or omission was the actual cause of your worsening disease (something malpractice insurance carriers often attempt to deny).
Any medical malpractice case is complicated and challenging, but a Phoenix prostate cancer lawyer have a history of preparing solid cases and overcoming obstacles to your achieving justice. Our Phoenix injury attorneys have the resources to put together a meticulously documented case, without ever sending you a bill for either costs or legal fees unless and until we win money for you.
Call Knapp & Roberts to protect your right to justice. The law places time limits on filing a claim, so call us today.
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