Much of the time, skin cancer can be caught early enough to successfully treat it. Since human skin is exposed and many risk factors — like pale skin — are well-known, this condition can be easier to detect. Cancer within the body can be much harder to find since people don’t know it exists until they have symptoms.
The trouble, though, is that skin cancer is most treatable at this early stage. If someone doesn’t get treatment fast enough, it can become far more serious. It may even be fatal. It can spread to deeper layers of the skin and, in some cases, to other parts of the body.
The role of a doctor’s mistake in skin cancer
This is why a mistake or a misdiagnosis from a doctor is such a serious issue in skin cancer cases. The cancer will eventually become obvious. But what if you only learn about it when it’s difficult or impossible to treat?
What if your doctor told you, in the early stages, that it was nothing to worry about? He or she may have mistaken it for:
- A mole
- A wart
- A rash
- A pimple
- A freckle
- Another skin disorder
While hearing that “it’s just a rash” can relieve a patient at the moment and put their mind at ease, it’s also potentially dangerous. Your treatable skin cancer could become untreatable because of factors out of your control — all when you tried to get the medical assistance you needed.
If you believe that your health has been harmed by a doctor’s error, you need to know what legal options you have to seek compensation. Your rights to financial compensation differ depending on the specifics of the case, but you may be able to seek that compensation through the courts.