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Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

Bowel or colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in England however in most cases it is easily detected and treated. If left undetected the illness can worsen and spread to other parts of the body, having life changing implications.

If someone has been given a negative result following tests for bowel cancer, or the illness remains undetected for a significant length of time you will be entitled to make a bowel cancer misdiagnosis claim.

What is Bowel Cancer?

Bowel cancer generally describes a tumour that begins in the large bowel, also known as the large intestine. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer can also be referred to as colon or rectal cancer.

Statistics show that bowel cancer is extremely common, affecting around 40,000 people each year in the UK. Three of the key symptoms that individuals are urged to look out for is blood in the stools (faeces), persistent changes in bowel habits (more frequent or looser stools), and stomach pain.

Unfortunately, the exact reason why cancer develops inside the inner lining of the bowel is still unknown however, the tumour tends to form inside clumps of cells called polyps.

However, several factors can increase a person’s risk of developing the disease, including:

  • Having a family history of bowel cancer
  • Digestive disorders, such as severe Crohn’s disease
  • Age, especially those over 60
  • Lifestyle factors, such as obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive alcohol

What causes Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis?

The above symptoms often occur as the result of an ailment or illness completely unrelated to cancer and so can be mistaken for less serious conditions, such as piles (haemorrhoids) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Often they are missed by medical staff because these initial symptoms are common, as a result individuals are not referred for further life-saving screening therefore the bowel cancer remains undetected and worsens.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can also be subtle therefore the only way to detect the illness is through a physical examination of the rectal area and blood test for iron-deficiency anaemia, which will provide an indication of any blood loss.

How to make a Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

Bowel cancer misdiagnosis has a detrimental effect on the patient and their family as it can reduce the chance of a complete cure. A timely and correct diagnosis can lead to prompt treatment and get your health back to normal as soon as possible.

If you feel that received a late or misdiagnosis of your bowel cancer and you have suffered serious illness or injury as a result you will be entitled to make a bowel cancer misdiagnosis claim.

For further information on what our team of medical negligence solicitors can do for you contact us.

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