Nearly forty thousand people are expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer
in the United States of America during the 2015 calendar year. More than
half of these individuals will not be alive more than five years after
their initial diagnosis. Around eight thousand people die each year from
the disease. Women and persons over the age of 55 are more likely to become
afflicted with the disease.
Experienced Poughkeepsie dental malpractice attorneys, along with many other people, know that early detection of any type of
cancer will give the patient the best chance at a full recovery. Quite
often, the signs of cancer can be identified prior to the patient reaching
full cancer status. The medical community calls this pre-cancer; identifying
precancerous conditions may allow doctors to commence treatment to combat
cancer before it arises.
Dentists and other dental care providers are elemental in the fight against
oral cancer and precancerous oral conditions. In fact, these medical professionals
are specifically trained to inspect oral tissue, jaw joints, the throat,
lips, neck and face in order to detect and identify precancerous conditions
and cancer itself. If signs of cancer are found, the dentist knows that
a referral to a specialist is required.
Sounds pretty straightforward, one would think. The unfortunate fact, however,
is that many
dental patients are misdiagnosed when the proper diagnosis was within the dentist’s hands; patients
are too often not diagnosed at all, when the signs of pre-cancer or cancer
would have been found by any other competent dentist.
What are dentists supposed to be looking for? White patches and or raised
red patches in the mouth can be signs of leukoplakia and erythroplakia,
two precancerous conditions. These patches may contain cells that can
eventually develop into cancer. Other abnormal looking oral tissue, swelling,
and lumps may in fact be cancer itself.
Once found, the dentist should advise the patient of the concern and refer
the patient to a specialist so that the appropriate tests and biopsies
can be performed on the patient.
Failing at these duties, the dentist may cause the patient serious harm.
The patient’s life span can be significantly reduced, the cancer
can spread, and the patient can eventually die as a result of the dentist’s
errors. Knowing the statistics of oral cancer, any misdiagnosis or failed
diagnosis is just too costly.
Learn more about New York Dental Malpractice in
our latest article posted here. Read more about negligent root canals resulting in medical malpractice
in our blog posted here. Learn more about dental malpractice resulting in botched wisdom tooth
our blog posted here.
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