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Skin cancer is abnormal growth of your skin cells. Primarily, skin cancer develops on body parts you have exposed to the sun — such as your scalp, ears, face, lips, neck and chest, arms, or hands. Women may also develop skin cancer on their legs.
You can get melanoma anywhere on your body. Melanoma can form in normal-looking skin or develop in an existing mole. In men, melanoma tends to show up on the face or torso. In women, melanoma usually shows up on the lower legs.
Melanoma can also form on areas you rarely expose to the sun, including your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, or your genital area. (2)
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.” (3) There are three major types — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. (4) “At least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.” (5)
Millions of adults are treated each year for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, thousands of people a year are diagnosed with melanoma.
Nearly 85,700 new cases of melanomas of the skin were reported in the U.S. in 2017. Of these, over 8,000 people died from this cancer. (6)
In New York alone, almost 4,200 cases of melanoma were reported. And 400 people died of this cancer in 2017. (7) (8)
Over the past decade, the number of new invasive melanoma cases has been rising. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed in 2021 is expected to increase by 5.8%. Also, the number of deaths from melanoma is expected to increase by 4.8%. (9)
Basal cell carcinoma statistics: This is the most common form of skin cancer. Each year, roughly 3.6 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. (10)
Squamous cell carcinoma statistics: This is the second most common form of skin cancer. Roughly 1.8 million cases are diagnosed each year across the country and it kills over 15,000 people in the U.S. annually. (11)
If you or a loved one developed malignant melanoma and was misdiagnosed, your 5-year survival rate drops depending on how far your disease has spread.
“Many people with melanoma are cured by their initial surgery.” (13) A false negative misdiagnosis may “translate to a reduced chance of survival for some patients.” (14)
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Getting the correct early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma could have made all the difference for you. A delay in correct diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death.
Delaying the correct diagnosis and treatment of stage 1 melanoma by just one month increases your risk of dying by 5%. Further delay of a correct diagnosis and treatment increases your risk of dying dramatically — waiting 119 days to begin treatment poses a 41% higher risk. (15)
If melanoma has spread to your lymph nodes when you are diagnosed, your survival rate is only about 66%. If melanoma has metastasized to distant organs by the time you are diagnosed correctly, your chance of surviving falls to just 27%. (16)
In children, treatment of melanoma is frequently “delayed due to misdiagnosis of pigmented lesions, which occurs up to 40 percent of the time.” (17)
Sometimes medical professionals fail to meet their duty of care. If they do and you suffered serious complications because of misdiagnosed, untreated skin cancer, you may have a case of medical malpractice. Speak with an experienced, reputable attorney about your legal options.
A big part of your case involves negligence. Did your health care provider’s conduct fall short of what is considered a reasonable standard of care? (18)
When you hire an attorney to handle your case of medical malpractice, your attorney files an allegation of medical negligence according to your state’s statute of limitations. Your attorney also handles all legal matters on your behalf.
In addition, your attorney explains how the legal process works and what happens as you move forward. You can ask your attorney any questions about your situation and your case. Your attorney does everything allowable to achieve appropriate compensation on your behalf.
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The legal system is complex. Medical malpractice laws vary from state to state. If your injury occurred in New York, hire someone with a high-quality reputation for handling medical malpractice cases in New York.
Weitz & Luxenberg is such a law firm. We have over three decades of know-how handling personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases in New York. We are based out of Manhattan but handle cases all over the state and around the country.