According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, in 2017 about “12,820 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed” and about “4,120 women will die from cervical cancer.”
Cervical cancer can come in many forms but most cervical cancers are what is known as squamous cell carcinoma. Most of the other cervical cancers are categorized as adenocarcinomas.
Squamous cell carcinoma develops from cells in the exocervix, most often beginning in the transformation zone — where the exocervix joins the endocervix. On the other hand, cervical adenocarcinoma develops from the mucus-producing gland cells of the endocervix.
These two types account for most of all cervical cancers but that does not mean other types of cancer does not also develop in the cervix. Although rare, cancers such as melanoma, lymphoma or sarcoma can develop in the cervix as well.
As far as treatment goes, it depends on the stage of the cervical cancer, the size, and its location. Types of treatment include radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Your age, health, preference, and circumstance also factor into your options when it comes to treatment.
With so many different types of cervical cancer and different coinciding treatments, it is easy to see just how involved it all is and the profound effect it can have on your life.
That is why it is even more of a strain on your life if you have been the victim of cervical cancer misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor or other medical professional incorrectly or inaccurately interprets test results. A Pap smear (or test) is a regular way women can be tested for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix.
While Pap tests are the most effective method of diagnosing cervical cancer, errors may occur. This is called a false-negative report, and these can result from the negligence of the medical professional interpreting the results or the test itself.
A misdiagnosis can either lead to you getting treatment too late or you being treated for something you do not have, which can affect your health in the wrong way. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is a serious issue and can be categorized as medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to cervical cancer misdiagnosis you may have grounds for a lawsuit and should contact an experienced attorney. The law firm of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC has over 40 years of experience dealing with Monmouth County medical malpractice. Call 866-567-0135 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
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