Colorectal cancer is subject to medical misdiagnosis, but victims of the disease can have an enhanced chance of recovery with proper screening by a careful physician who follows the diagnostic guidelines. For example, rectal bleeding has been recognized as an important sign of colorectal cancer for decades, yet physicians can carelessly overlook this clear sign of illness. Fecal occult blood tests can be used to simply detect blood that is not visible in a stool sample. Additionally, flexible sigmoidoscopy is a screening procedure used to visually inspect the wall of the rectum and part of the colon. A colonoscopy is another screening procedure that permits visual inspection of the internal wall of the rectum and the entire colon. During these procedures tissue or cell samples can be collected for microscopic examination.
If you or your loved ones have been harmed by a doctor’s failure to diagnose this serious condition contact one of our attorneys now.