In general, thyroid cancer is one of the better cancers to be diagnosed with as it carries a lower fatality rate relative to other types of cancer. Thyroid cancer rates, however, are on the rise. According to Dr. David Terris, surgical director of the Augusta University Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer over the past 10 years. Terris believes that some of this increase is most likely due to a better ability to find and detect cancer of the thyroid, while some of the inflation may be due to a true increase in the number of incidences. Terris says that nobody really knows why thyroid cancer rates are increasing.
Symptoms of thyroid cancer include a lump that can be felt through the skin on the neck, changes in the voice, difficulty swallowing, pain the neck and throat, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms a medical professional should be consulted.
Unfortunately, failure to diagnose this type of cancer occurs more often than many think. While mistakes happen, a medical error can result in life or death, and those who demonstrated negligence need to be held accountable. The medical malpractice attorneys at Rosen Louik & Perry, are well-versed in these types of cases. If you believe Thyroid cancer was overlooked or mistreated in you or a loved one, please contact us for a free consultation.