According to and article posted on NorthJersey.com, a recent study entitled “Skin Cancer Screening among Hispanic Adults in the United States” by The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) revealed that just one in 14 Hispanic adults across the nation have received screening for skin cancer. This is especially disconcerting considering the disease’s malignancy tends to be greater in the Hispanic population
CINJ researchers who compiled the report attributed the lack of cancer screening to less healthcare access, lack of medical insurance, and other socioeconomic factors including a potential language barrier. These findings demonstrate the need for developing interventions to promote skin examinations among Hispanics. Without full body skin examinations and/or appropriate timely biopsies, melanoma, and its precursor non-cancerous lesions, may go undetected, resulting in an increased likelihood of cancer, metastases and a poor prognosis.
Cancer screening is important for the early detection and effective treatment of various forms of cancer. Without early detection, the cancer’s disease process may advance, making the possibility of effective treatment less likely. Ordering tests is not enough; a healthcare provider must make an accurate and timely diagnosis of the cancer in order to institute effective treatment.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a failure to test for, diagnose and/or treat cancer in a timely manner, the knowledgeable New Jersey delayed cancer diagnosis lawyers at Blume Forte can investigate your circumstances and help you understand your legal rights and potential options. Call us for a no-cost consultation at (973) 635-5400.