Every year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States, and over 4,000 die as a result, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC). Thousands of other women suffer from other cervical abnormalities requiring monitoring and/or treatment. January is National Cervical Heath Awareness Month and the NCCC urges the public to recognize the importance of proper care, diagnosis, and treatment when it comes to cervical health and preventing cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is a life-threatening but preventable disease that is caused by certain types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
With early vaccination, routine Pap smears, and HPV tests, cervical cancer may be prevented or diagnosed at its early stages when it is more easily treatable and carries a more favorable prognosis for cure. Vaccines are thought to block the HPV strains that are associated with various cervical diseases. Screening tests, including Pap Smears and those for HPV, can identify risk factors. Personal and family histories are of course also important sources of information when a healthcare provider tries to determine whether a particular patient is at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.
Unfortunately, many healthcare providers misdiagnose, fail to diagnose, or fail to timely diagnose and treat cervical cancer; or fail to treat/monitor patients appropriately when presented with cancer risk factors. These forms of medical negligence can have potentially fatal results.
If you or a loved one suffers from cervical cancer as the result of a physician’s or other healthcare provider’s failed, incorrect or untimely diagnosis or treatment, you may have cause for civil action.
The experienced New Jersey failure to diagnose cervical cancer attorneys at Blume Forte are committed to representing women who have had shortcomings in their treatment which affects their prognosis.
To find out whether your claim may have merit, call us at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.