The Danger of Undiagnosed Colorectal Cancer
Undiagnosed colorectal cancer (CRC) is a danger facing many Americans, especially younger patients under the age of 50 who are misdiagnosed by their doctors. Colorectal cancer includes colon and rectal cancer and is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. As advocates for patient safety for nearly 50 years, Pegalis Law Group is passionate about educating the public to create more proactive patients. According to the American Cancer Society, its estimated there will be over 140,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer this year alone.
Why Is Early Diagnosis Essential with Colorectal Cancer?
As with some cancers, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to improving a patient’s survival rate. Today cancer screenings can reveal colorectal polyps early, and although colorectal cancer deaths have decreased, in recent years, the number of colorectal cancer-related deaths in patients under the age of 50 has increased and is expected to continue to rise through 2030, according to the American Cancer Society.
Why Are So Many Younger Patients Being Misdiagnosed?
Recent studies reveal misdiagnosis or being diagnosed too late once colorectal cancer has reached Stage III or IV is a growing concern among younger patients. Colonoscopies are recommended for men and women over the age of 45 , and at a younger age for those who are considered more at risk. However, your doctor should always be made aware of any warning signs or risk factors potentially indicating colorectal cancer, no matter your age or health. Being proactive about your healthcare could save your life or a loved one’s.
Who Is Most at Risk for Developing Colorectal Cancer?
Your chances for developing colorectal cancer are about 1 in 23 for men and 1 in 25 for women, although many factors put some individuals more at risk. Having a family history of colon or rectal cancer and being a smoker puts you at a higher risk, as well as being obese, physically inactive, diabetic, or eating a diet rich in red or processed meats. Age is also a factor, as your chances for developing colorectal cancer increase over the age of 50. However, younger adults develop it too. Symptoms of colorectal cancer often include blood in the stool, chronic fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. You have the right to be informed about proper and timely healthcare tests and screenings. Talk to your doctor about scheduling cancer screenings.
Pegalis Law Group, LLC Encourages Proactive Patients
Pegalis Law Group educates year-round about the importance of getting screenings for colorectal cancer and other diseases, for earlier diagnosis and treatment. Representing clients who have suffered from personal injury or medical negligence, our clients include patients whose cancer was diagnosed late, due to improper testing or failure to test. For nearly 50 years, we have devoted ourselves to being patient advocates, providing education to ensure safer medical practices and improved patient care. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive more updates about how you can be proactive about your healthcare.