During the year, various organizations dedicate certain months to increase efforts in raising awareness for their causes. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. While the fight against lung cancer is not limited to one month per year, the awareness month brings focus onto the impact of the disease and what can be done to help those affected by it.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among women and men, not including skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 14% of new cancers are lung cancer and it is expected that an estimated 160,340 people will die of lung cancer in the United States by the end of 2012. It is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month is not just a time for victims, survivors, their families, and their supporters to raise awareness in their communities, but it is also a reminder to healthcare professionals of the basic premise that a cancer patient’s survival is dependent on the timely diagnosis and effective treatment of his or her condition. Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals lose sight of that premise, and fail to make timely diagnoses or treat cancer in compliance with various standards established by the medical community.
If you or a loved one has suffered with lung or any cancer as the result of a healthcare professional’s misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose the disease, the committed New Jersey lung cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at Blume Forte can examine the details of your potential claim to determine whether legal action may be warranted. To find out if you may have a meritorious claim, call us at (973) 635-5400.