Requesting The Right Tests Could Save Your Life
“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
Knowing a few medical terms and understanding which tests to ask for (and why) could save your life or the life of someone you love. When men and women go for checkups, conversations should begin with their physicians about prostate and breast cancer screenings. The cost of a misdiagnosis at the beginning may be losing your health or even your life in the end.
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and Other Tests
At or after about age 40, every man should take the time to talk with his doctor about screenings to test for early signs of prostate cancer. Understanding the potential benefits of these tests in addition to risks of over-treatment and over-detection should be considered.
A blood test called the PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen test can help you and your doctor see if there are any concerning signs early. Still, talk with your doctor about the risks involved in this type of screening and when would be the appropriate age to start.
In addition to the PSA, you may discuss a Digital Rectal Exam, another way to test for prostate cancer. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and neither or these tests were given, you should contact your attorney immediately.
Breast Cancer Tests
Ladies will want to talk with their doctor about the best time and way to test for breast cancer, whether you see any concerning preliminary signs or not. Should you get a mammogram and, if so, when?
If there is a history of breast cancer in your family and you feel you see early signs, when should you consider diagnostic testing? Monitoring tests, are next on the progressive scale. Once you’ve already started treatment, are adequate tests being given to monitor your progress?
Cancer Misdiagnosis Help
If somehow these tests were not administered or if they were administered but results were inexplicably ignored or not acted upon quickly enough along the way, you may have some ground to sue for medical malpractice. If this is the case, you will want to connect with a medical malpractice attorney right away.
Contact Teal & Montgomery to Discuss Your Case
If you have lost a loved one because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose prostate cancer, or if your own diagnosis was delayed due to doctor error, talk to us today.
Contact us or call 916-448-1010 for your free initial consultation, scheduled for time that works best for you. Our fees won’t be charged unless we recover damages for your injuries.