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Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

In the UK, there is currently no general screening programme for non-melanoma skin cancer, the more common of the two types of the illness.

It is important to receive treatment for skin cancer as soon as possible and the longer the cancer is present, the worse the prognosis could be for the patient.

If you have been misdiagnosed with skin cancer or feel you received a lower quality of care than the UK standard you will be entitled to make a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim.

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is categorised as either melanoma or non-melanoma with the main difference being that non-melanoma skin cancer is more common, developing slowly in the upper layers of the skin.

Both types of cancer show up as irregular lumps, bumps, moles and patches on the skin that do not heal after a period of weeks, appear suddenly, mutate or change in appearance, and can sometimes be itchy or bleed.

What is also similar for both types of skin cancer is that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from natural or artificial sources is directly linked to the skin cells developing abnormally, therefore causing cancer.

Other factors that increase your chances of developing the skin disease include:

  • Pale, fair skin that burns easily
  • Having freckles or moles
  • Failing to wear adequate SPF, UVA and UBA protective lotions
  • Family history of melanoma

It is important that when known risk factors are paired with symptoms of skin cancer, that the patient is referred a specialist who can confirm a diagnosis.

Why does Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis happen?

Misdiagnosis can occur if a doctor wrongly identifies a skin abnormality or lesion as benign (non-cancerous), which can unfortunately be fatal should it spread to other parts of the body and cause secondary terminal cancers.

This is also the case if a patient experiences surgical procedures for a lesion wrongly diagnosed as cancerous, a mistake of this kind can have a detrimental impact on the person’s mental health, but also affect their family and loved ones.

As with any surgical procedure there are risk of complications, such as infection or nerve damage, so it is crucial that patients receive treatment that is timely, appropriate, and safe.

How to make a Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim

If you or anyone you know has suffered from skin cancer misdiagnosis or what you feel could be medical negligence, our solicitors can support you in making a skin cancer misdiagnosis claim.

To make a Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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