Medical malpractice in failure to diagnose colon cancer can occur in any of these situations, among others:
- The patient is over age 50 and was not offered a screening colonoscopy every ten years.
- The patient has had blood in the stool and was not sent for an immediate colonoscopy.
- The physician offered the patient only screening with a sigmoidoscopy, which inspects only the lower one foot or so of the colon – missing any potential cancer higher up in the colon.
- If a colonoscopy was done, it was too fast for an adequate inspection. The standard is to take at least six minutes after the end of the scope reaches the end of the colon and the doctor is doing the inspection as the scope is being drawn back out of the patient.
Here’s why you should always opt for a full colonoscopy, not the lesser sigmoidoscopy, for colon cancer screening. AND here are two simple questions you should ask before exposing your rear end to a particular colonoscopist. Read more…
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