Colon Cancer Lawsuit
Colon Cancer: Information on Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States, and it's estimated that over 106,180 new cases will be diagnosed in 2022. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you may be wondering what your legal options are.
Colon cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, and if you believe that you or a loved one was wrongfully diagnosed or treated, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC are experienced in handling colon cancer lawsuits and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call our Chicago cancer misdiagnosis lawyer toll-free today at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation about your legal options.
Colon Cancer vs. Rectal Cancer
Colon cancer should not be confused with rectal cancer. However, the two diseases often develop simultaneously. Colon cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth of unhealthy cells in the large intestine.
Most forms of colon malignancy started as small benign adenomatous polyps (noncancerous tumors) on the large intestine's inner walls. Over time, the polyps can become malignant if not removed from the lining of the intestines during a colonoscopy procedure.
Malignancy occurs when damaged colon cancer cells invade healthy tissue surrounding the tumor, causing significant damage and complications.
The tumor cell growth can invade and destroy healthy tissue. Without treatment, including removing the polyp, the malignant tumor can metastasize, causing cancerous cells to break away from the tumor and spread to other sites in the body. Metastasis at distant sites can be extremely difficult to treat.
The commonly diagnosed cancer in America is colon tumors. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Colon tumor is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in the United States" (Mayo Clinic).
In the United States, 1 in 21 people will develop colon cancer. However, because of early detection and treatment, that number is reduced to 1 in 33 people who die from this tumor.
Other cancers do not have such a high number of victims among men and women under 50.
According to the American Cancer group’s statistics, rectal bleeding is present in approximately 25% of patients with colorectal tumors.
Colon Cancer Causes
The lifespan of typically healthy colon tissue involves growing, dividing, and eventually dying to make way for new tissue growth. Cancer is often the result of uncontrollable growth and reprogramming of apoptosis (cell death) that can break down the potential of cancer overrunning the body.
When the colon cell does not die, it grows and divides, reproducing new cells with the same abnormality. Even though scientists have yet to determine the exact cause of why abnormal cells change their behavior, they have determined potential risk factors for the development of colon cancer that includes:
- Polyps – Most colon tumors cases began with precancerous polyps in the large intestine that eventually developed into malignant (cancerous) cells like:
- Adenomas that are typically removed during a colonoscopy procedure
- Inflammatory polyps that usually develop from colitis (colon inflammation)
- Hypoplastic polyps that become cancerous in rare cases
- Genetic Abnormalities – If the colon cell's DNA is mutated or becomes damaged, it can cause uncontrollable growth through cell division. The mutated cells cannot correct the damaged DNA by not allowing the cell to die off naturally, causing uncontrollable cell growth and eventual development of the tumor.
- Genetic predisposition – Inheriting mutated genes from parents, grandparents and ancestors often increases the individual's potential risk of developing cancer at some point in the aging process.
- Traits and lifestyle choices – Environmental exposure and lifestyle choices are essential risk factors for the development of colon cancer, especially in individuals who are 50 years and older. Colon tumors usually develop in older individuals who live a sedentary lifestyle and smoke tobacco or overeat (obesity). Scientists have found a correlation between consuming western diets and the increased potential of getting colon cancer.
- Medical conditions – The risk of getting a colon tumor has been associated with many conditions in diseases, including diabetes, tumor radiation treatment, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and growth hormone disorder (acromegaly).
Who Gets Colon Cancer?
In the United States, more than 140,000 individuals are diagnosed with colon cancer every year, and more than 50,000 men and women die from the condition annually.
Those at risk for getting colon cancer tend to be split equally between women and men of the same age. However, African-American men and women have a higher potential risk for getting colon cancer and dying from the condition compared to Caucasians (white) men and women of the same age.
In addition, those who are obese or overweight are more susceptible to getting colon cancer, especially in men.
Heredity and Cancers
Individuals with a genetic predisposition (inherited familial gene) have an increased chance of developing a deadly tumor, especially those with a first-degree relative (parent, child, or sibling) and those with a secondary relative (grandparent, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, or half-sibling) who has had colon cancer.
Also, individuals who had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or precancerous polyps are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer. This is because many of these conditions cause the colon to inflame.
Doctors and scientists have yet to determine the most effective way of preventing the development of colon cancer. However, lifestyle choices, including consuming too much fat and too little fiber and drinking excessive alcohol, smoking, and not exercising, likely play an essential role in reducing the chances of avoiding the development of deadly tumors.
Colon Cancer Symptoms
The most common symptoms involving colon cancer vary significantly between patients. Most symptoms are determined by the location of the disease, areas where it has spread, and the size of the tumor.
Common colon cancer symptoms in the early stages of the disease include:
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Narrow Stools
- Inconsistent stool changes
- Blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Fatigue or weakness
- Constant bowel movement urges
- Pain when defecating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Anemia (iron deficiency)
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Without proper treatment, colon cancer can easily metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body, causing additional symptoms.
Diagnosing through Routine Screening
Any individual can lower the potential risk of the disease through colon cancer screening, especially when done regularly between 50 and 75 years of age. The doctor will perform a high-sensitivity FOB (fecal occult blood) test using stool samples to detect the presence of cancerous cells.
The doctor will also likely recommend a colonoscopy, a procedure performed under anesthesia to detect and remove polyps when found. Some patients undergo a flexible sigmoidoscopy that identifies polyps in the intestines but does not remove them.
Staging Colon Cancer
In addition to diagnosing colon cancer, the doctor will likely stage the disease through testing to determine the extent of the tumor and if it has spread throughout the intestines or to other distant sites. ;These stages include:
- Stage I – cancer has grown uncontrollably, affecting the large intestine's mucosa (superficial lining) but has yet to metastasize beyond the rectum or intestine wall.
- Stage II – The tumor has progressed to the point where it is spread through the wall of the rectum or colon and possibly into the neighboring lymph nodes.
- Stage III – The colon malignancy has now invaded neighboring lymph nodes but has yet to metastasize to other distant sites.
- Stage IV – The cancerous cells have metastasized to other areas of the body, including other organs like the lung, liver, or brain.
Treating Colon Cancer
Doctors have a variety of options when treating colon tumors and colorectal cancer. Typical treatments for colon malignancy involve radiation, chemotherapy, and dissection. ; However, the recommended treatment is often dependent on the location and size of the tumor and if the tumor is spread to other areas of the body.
- Surgical Options – A surgeon can surgically remove a portion of the colon (colectomy) or dissect the lymph node.
- Medication Options include chemotherapy and chemotherapy protective medications. Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells that are growing uncontrollably and developing a tumor. Chemotherapy protective medications reduce many side effects and adverse reactions caused by chemotherapy treatments.
These treatments are typically performed by Oncologists (tumor specialists), Gastroenterologists (specialists in the digestive system and G.I. tract disorders), and surgeons who operate on the affected area.
Sometimes, the surgeon must perform a temporary or permanent colostomy to allow waste to leave the body through an incision made in the abdominal wall.
Mitigative Measures to Prevent Colon Cancer
Early detection for colon cancer cases is critical to increasing the survival rate, yet many people are unaware they have cancer.
Studies show that early diagnosis and treatment can lower the mortality rate by 90 percent compared with advanced colon cancer cases in which the treatment is less effective. Similarly, early detection of a colon cancer case can save a life.
Colon cancer deaths have taken a toll on the lives of many Americans. To help soften the blow, state and federal governments and private organizations have developed various programs to help those suffering from this disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer-related deaths in America hit a new low in 2012.
The drop was attributed to increased screening and preventative efforts One such program is a lawsuit filed by the government against drug companies for failing to warn consumers of the dangers associated with their products adequately.
Colonoscopy Procedure to Prevent Colon Cancer ;
A colonoscopy is one of the most important health measures that people can do to prevent colon cancer. A colonoscopy is an invasive procedure that involves inserting a long tube into the rectum and colon while visualizing the intestinal lining.
Although it may initially be uncomfortable, a colonoscopy has been proven to reduce the risk of death from colon malignancy by 80% if performed by skilled medical professionals.
Doctors often overlook bowel habits such as constipation and diarrhea until they become serious health problems. Still, new research has suggested that addressing these issues may be the key to the early diagnosis and treatment of several cancers, including colon malignancy.
Developing colorectal cancer is a serious and scary diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Institute, frequent screenings for colorectal cancer decrease the risk of dying from colorectal cancer by 44%.
A colorectal cancer diagnosis occurs in nearly half of all patients over the age of 50 and has been identified as one of the deadliest forms of tumor among men and women.
Unexplained weight loss, intermittent fevers, and fatigue could be symptoms of a colorectal tumor. If you experience abdominal pain, you might have an increased risk of colorectal tumor.
Our law firm can offer you formal legal advice in filing a colorectal cancer lawsuit against those responsible for your suffering occasioned by persistent abdominal discomfort, rectal bleeding, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Developing Colon Cancer
Getting a colon tumor is a lifetime risk for many. If they have been exposed to certain chemicals, they are even more at risk. In addition, having a blood relative with a family history of colon cancer can put a person at an elevated risk for developing this form of tumor.
If you experience erratic bowel habits, blood in your stool, and abdominal aching, ; you may have an elevated risk of developing colon cancer.
Asbestos Exposure Leading to Tumor
"Asbestos exposure" is a term used to refer to the inhalation or ingestion of airborne asbestos or direct contact with asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are dangerous because they are very tiny. ; Breathing asbestos fibers can lead to serious illnesses, including tumors.
When asbestos is disturbed, microscopic fibers are released into the air. These asbestos fibers can travel deep into the lungs, causing chronic inflammation and damage.
According to the American Cancer Society, asbestos fibers are well known to cause tumors. Similarly, asbestos fibers cause mesothelioma, a form of lung tumor. This type of malignancy often does not present symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage.
Asbestos workers and their families and loved ones may be entitled to financial compensation if they institute legal action. Asbestos exposure in daily life has long been a concern among consumers.
Toxic Asbestos Fibers
The toxicity of asbestos affects those who work with the material and those who live in houses built before the mid-1980s, where asbestos is often found in insulation and fireproofing. Asbestos exposure affects many sectors such as construction, automotive, and shipbuilding.
Each industry has its regulations regarding the level of asbestos exposure deemed safe for workers. The US Department of Health and Human Services has declared that there is no level of asbestos exposure that is considered safe.
Common Asbestos Exposure
Asbestosis is another disease caused by ;asbestos exposure. In the house, asbestos exposure is likely to occur in the bathroom, where the hot or warm water causes asbestos to become brittle and damaged.
Asbestos is also likely found in ceilings, where flaking paint containing asbestos can fall into the hair or onto clothes, causing concern. Some tests correctly identify asbestos exposure in these areas.
A study published in December 2009 found that asbestos exposure was connected to an elevated risk of depression and anxiety. According to researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand, this may be due to the damage done to personal relationships and social life due to physical disability caused by asbestos exposure.
Medical Negligence Resulting in Colon Malignancy
According to recent studies, medical negligence resulting in colorectal cancer lawsuits has steadily increased in the last decade. In 2016 alone, 4,439 cases were filed in the national database.
Colorectal Cancer Misdiagnosis
A serious injury emanating from a colorectal cancer misdiagnosis is a topic that has been widely discussed over the past several years. In fact, the issue of colorectal cancer misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, is a cause for about 8% of all malpractice claims.
Medical professionals dealing with a cancer diagnosis may not know that a patient can file a medical malpractice claim for negligence or if the cancer diagnosis was delayed.
American College of Gastroenterology Findings on Colon Tumor
A high-fat diet may cause a colon cancer case. A new study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 77th Annual Scientific meeting has found that a high-fat diet may increase the risk of contracting colon malignancy.
Pursuing Compensation Due to Colon Malignancy
Seeking financial compensation after being diagnosed with a colon tumor is one of the options available to victims.
A wrongful death lawsuit due to a colon cancer misdiagnosis can result in more than 3 million dollars of compensation.
Our law firm is ready to file a colorectal cancer lawsuit for your serious injury.
Colon Cancer Lawsuit
The medical records necessary in a colon cancer lawsuit are often extensive, and sometimes these records must be obtained quickly when the statute of limitations is imminent.
A cancer diagnosis can leave people devastated and overwhelmed. However, many cancer-tumor patients face another problem: filing a lawsuit to recover their losses from the illness.
A colorectal cancer attorney can help guide individuals through the legal process, fighting for their rights to receive compensation.
Hiring a Colon Cancer Attorney is Necessary
Have you been diagnosed with colon cancer? It is crucial to speak with a colon cancer attorney as soon as possible.
A colon cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and confusing. You may not know where to turn for help. That's where a colon cancer attorney comes in. They can provide guidance and support during this difficult time.
Our colon cancer attorney will work tirelessly to get you the best possible outcome in your case. We will fight for your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact our office toll-free today at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
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