Although relatively slow-growing and readily detectable in their early stages, colon and rectal cancers still account for nearly 50,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. Unfortunately, most colon and rectal cancers are not diagnosed until after they’ve entered their later stages. Proper screening for early detection of these cancers is essential to reducing the death rate and other disasterous consequences. If you or someone you love has suffered due to late-stage diagnosis of colo-rectal cancer, contact Colon Cancer Malpractice Lawyer NJ Attorney Patrick Amoresano for a free and confidential consultation. Colon Cancer cases can be complicated, but Mr. Amoresano has the legal expertise needed to help his clients take the steps necessary to investigate the medical facts and put them in the hands of appropriate medical experts to determine whether medical malpractice has substantially contributed to the progress of a patient’s cancer.
Colon Cancer Malpractice Lawyer NJ: The Basics
Colon cancer arises in the lower part of your digestive system known as the large intestine. When the cancer is near the end of the colon, it is commonly referred to as rectal or colo-rectal cancer.
Most cases start with small, benign cell clumps called polyps, which can develop into cancerous tumors over time. Polyps are often small and produce few symptoms. That’s why doctors recommend frequent screening tests to identify polyps before they become cancerous.
Some of the symptoms and signs of colon cancer are –
- Rectal bleeding
- Chronic abdominal cramps and discomfort.
- Frequent constipation or diarrhea
- Fatigue and/or weakness
- Unusual weight loss
Often those with colon cancer experience little or no symptoms in the initial stages of the disease. When symptoms finally appear, they’ll often vary, depending on the location and/or size of the tumor in the patient’s intestine. However, the presence of any symptoms should trigger an immediate call to your doctor for examination and screening.