Failure to diagnose can make skin cancer much more dangerous

For New Jersey patients suffering from squamous cell skin cancer, one of the most important aspects of successful treatment is early detection. Squamous cell carcinoma has a very high cure rate with minimal damage when it is detected and removed.

However, when treatment is delayed or there is a failure to diagnose the cancer, it can metastasize to lymph nodes and organs. In these cases, an easily treatable form of skin cancer can even be fatal. It is very important for people with suspicious moles or skin blemishes to seek treatment from a doctor who can take a sample of the tissue and use a microscope to examine it. If cancer is found in the cells, treatment is required quickly.

There are a number of forms of treatment that are suitable to eradicate skin cancer. The type of treatment chosen can depend on the age and wellness of the patient as well as the size and development of the skin cancer. In most cases, it can be performed on an outpatient basis at a doctor’s office. One of the most effective means of treating skin cancer is Mohs micrographic surgery. With this procedure, a doctor removes the visible tumor and a thin layer around it. The doctor will examine the cells for cancer immediately and continue to remove tissue if cancerous cells are still apparent. This procedure boasts a cure rate of over 94 percent.

Of course, if skin cancer is not detected or is only diagnosed after metastasis, the simple and minimal procedures available for early treatment become much more difficult. Patients whose doctors have failed to provide a timely and correct diagnosis and who thus have suffered a worsened medical condition may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney and discuss their options.

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