Ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women between the ages of 35 and 74, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). In addition, the American Cancer Society estimates that 21,990 women will be newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer and another 15,460 will die from ovarian cancer in 2011. A woman’s chances for recovery are dependent upon early diagnosis and treatment.
There are over 30 types of ovarian cancer and they are categorized by the type of cell in which the cancer starts. These include surface epithelium, germ cells, and stromal cells. General symptoms of ovarian cancer may include but are not limited to:
- Pelvic and/or abdominal pain;
- Loss of appetite;
- Frequent urination;
- Upset stomach;
- Indigestion or heartburn;
- Back pain;
- Constipation; and
- Menstrual changes.
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer carries with it many emotional and physical hardships for the woman and her family. If the diagnosis is not timely made, more aggressive treatment may be required (with greater side-effects), and the woman’s prognosis for cure is diminished.
If you or a loved one has had their chance of recovery affected due to a delayed cancer diagnosis, the experienced New Jersey ovarian cancer delayed diagnosis lawyers at Blume Forte can help you determine if legal action is warranted. To learn more about your legal rights and to discuss your potential claim, contact us for a no-cost consultation at (973) 635-5400.