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A Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis is a devastating experience for many people, and it can even be life-changing in some cases.

The physical and mental impact of a skin cancer diagnosis can be heightened if it transpires that your cancer has spread or worsened due to medical negligence. For example, if your GP didn’t refer you to a specialist when you first presented with symptoms, or your skin cancer was misdiagnosed as a less serious condition, causing a delay in treatment.

Most types of cancer of the skin are generally very treatable, so when it is detected early enough, there is a good chance of survival. However, some types of skin cancer can spread aggressively to other parts of the body if a doctor misdiagnoses the cancer, and it is left untreated for too long.

If your skin cancer has spread to other parts of your body, or developed to a more advanced stage due to negligent treatment from a medical professional, you may be entitled to make a Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler our friendly and experienced medical negligence team have handled many claims just like yours with great success. We’re on your team, and we’re with you for your journey, offering the advice, information, and support that you and your family need at such a difficult time.

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What Is Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis?

When we talk about skin cancer misdiagnosis, there are three main areas to be considered:

  • Missed diagnosis – If your skin cancer has been missed completely and has gone undiagnosed, this means you will not have received the required treatment, and your condition could have potentially worsened.
  • Incorrect diagnosis – If a medical professional has given you the wrong diagnosis you may have then received incorrect treatment, or not received any treatment at all. Likewise, if you have received a diagnosis of skin cancer when you, in fact, do not have skin cancer, you may have received unnecessary treatment, as well as the undue anxiety and stress of receiving such a diagnosis.
  • Delayed diagnosis – If there has been a delay in your skin cancer being diagnosed, your condition will have gone untreated for longer than necessary, perhaps leading to a worsening of your symptoms and a less favourable prognosis.

It could be that your GP did not examine you properly at your first appointment, or perhaps they failed to follow up on the symptoms you presented with. Maybe your GP did refer you to a specialist, but they failed to carry out a biopsy, or the test results were misinterpreted and you were given an incorrect diagnosis. Or perhaps you had to wait too long for your referral appointment or the results of your tests, and your condition worsened in the meantime.

If you have received any kind of negligent treatment from a medical professional which you feel has directly contributed to the worsening of your skin cancer, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve.

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Our Skin Cancer Claims Expertise

Here at Lanyon Bowdler, our professional and dedicated Skin Cancer Claims Specialists are here to help you. Get in touch today to gain the compensation that you deserve.

Why choose Lanyon Bowdler?

We pride ourselves on handling each and every skin cancer negligence case with the utmost understanding. Our team will take the time to learn about your situation and get to know you so that we can provide a level of service tailored to your individual needs. We will work closely with you throughout the case, ensuring we keep you and your family at the heart of your case.

We have received some of the highest accolades within our industry, from The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and some members of our medical negligence team have been individually recognised by these legal directories for the outstanding work they’ve done in medical negligence.

Your Skin Cancer Compensation questions answered

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells in the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin, and is most commonly found on skin which has been overexposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or from artificial tanning equipment. When left unchecked, these abnormal cells can mutate into tumours.

In the majority of cases, skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. The UV rays can cause damage to the DNA within the skin’s cells many years prior to the development of cancer, which is why skin cancer is most often found in older people. Whatever type of skin cancer you have, if it has been made worse due to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve.

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Melanoma behaves differently to BCC and SCC. It is often very fast-growing, and early treatment is necessary for a good prognosis. It typically develops from abnormal moles on the body, and is more common in older people.

Melanoma will usually develop in parts of the body that are often exposed to direct sunlight. It can develop from moles on the skin, and can present multiple colours and an irregular shape. Melanoma skin cancer is considered a more severe type of cancer than Carcinoma, as it can spread to other tissues more quickly.

Because of how important timely and correctly diagnosing this condition is, Melanoma Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can have devastating effects on a patient. If left untreated, the cancer can spread, leading to malignant melanoma cancer cases with a much more severe prognosis. If your Melanoma has worsened because of a missed or delayed diagnosis, you may be entitled to make a Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim. Contact Lanyon Bowdler today to find out your next steps.

What is carcinoma skin cancer?

Carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that is formed in the tissue that lines the organs and the skin, known as Epithelial Tissue. These types of skin cancer are generally considered less severe than Melanoma, and early detection can massively affect survival rates, and reduce the invasiveness of treatment.

There are two main types of Carcinoma skin cancer:

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Basal cells are found in the base layer of the epidermis, and cancer within these cells is typically very slow-growing, rarely spreading to other parts of the body. When treated early, BCC can usually be completely cured. However, it can become aggressive if left untreated for too long, making it more difficult to treat.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

This is a cancer of the keratinocyte cells found in the outer layer of the skin. Like basal cell carcinoma, this type of skin cancer grows very slowly, and in most cases it is completely curable.

Although it is considered a less serious condition, Carcinoma Misdiagnosis can significantly impact your prognosis. These cancers are less likely to spread to other tissues, but are able to if left untreated or treated incorrectly. Cases of medical negligence involving Carcinoma skin cancer can often have terrible repercussions, and if your condition has been affected by a Carcinoma Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis you may be entitled to claim compensation.

What are the effects of a skin cancer misdiagnosis?

When skin cancer is treated early enough, there is a very high survival rate, which is why prompt diagnosis and treatment are key to successful skin cancer management. When there is any sort of delay in the diagnosis or treatment of skin cancer, it can have a huge impact on the patient, including:

  • The cancer may spread to other parts of the body
  • The illness lasts for longer than it would likely have done with earlier treatment
  • The physical pain and suffering is exacerbated and prolonged
  • The skin cancer requires more aggressive treatment than it may otherwise have done
  • The patient experiences lifestyle changes resulting from the misdiagnosis
  • The patient experiences financial losses, i.e. loss of earnings or medical expenses
  • The psychological effects of diagnosis are exacerbated e.g. anxiety and depression

If you are unhappy with the level of care you have received during your skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, and feel that your condition has been made worse due to negligent care, we can help you to seek justice. At Lanyon Bowdler our team of medical negligence solicitors have the experience and expertise to help you win your compensation case. We have helped many people who have been in the same situation, so don’t hesitate to put your trust in us.

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

The different types of skin cancer have slightly different symptoms to look out for.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are both non-melanoma skin cancers, and their symptoms include:

  • A sore or spot that doesn’t heal within one month
  • A sore or spot that is itchy, scabbed, crusty, or bleeds for more than one month
  • An ulcer, or broken-down area of skin, that doesn’t heal within one month

Melanoma cancer most commonly affects moles on the body, and cancer may be developing if the mole experiences any of the following:

  • It grows bigger
  • It changes shape
  • It changes colour
  • It loses symmetry
  • It is itchy or painful
  • It bleeds or goes crusty
  • It looks inflamed

If you notice any changes in your skin at all it is important to seek advice from your GP as early as possible. As with most cancers, the survival rate for skin cancer is higher the earlier it is detected. If you have received negligent treatment from a doctor which has delayed your diagnosis and subsequent treatment, we can help you to seek justice and compensation for your suffering.

How is skin cancer diagnosed and treated?

The first step in any skin cancer diagnosis will usually be to see your GP, who will then examine you, ask about your symptoms, and they may ask about your family’s medical history. If your GP suspects skin cancer, they will then refer you to a specialist for further diagnostic tests. Inaccurate diagnosis in the early stages can have serious repercussions further down the line, so it is vital that GPs carry out rigorous testing on patients who present with symptoms of skin cancer.

Once you’ve been referred to a specialist, they will most likely carry out a biopsy, whereby the tumour is either partially or wholly removed in order to be examined and tested for cancerous cells. In some cases, the removal of the tumour for the biopsy may also remove the cancer completely if it hasn’t spread to other parts of the body.

For non-melanoma skin cancers, surgery is usually the most effective way of removing the cancer. Other treatments also include cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, radiotherapy, electrochemotherapy, and anticancer creams. The treatment you receive largely depends on the location, type, and severity of the skin cancer.

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Time Limits on Making a Skin Cancer Claim and Funding Options

In general, the time limit for bringing a compensation claim for skin cancer in the UK is three years from the date of the negligent act or the ‘date of knowledge’ of the injury. This is designed to cover situations where the impacts of negligence surface at a future time.

However, if a child suffers because of the negligence of another party, the time limit will usually expire on their 21st birthday unless the child never gains mental capacity due to their injuries, in which case the time limits do not apply.

We can support your Skin Cancer Compensation Claim through a range of funding options, including our No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claim promise, as well as through private funding, and legal expenses insurance. Our solicitors will consider whether we can handle your Skin Cancer Claim on a No Win No Fee basis at the point of an initial evaluation of the circumstance surrounding your injury.

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Please get in touch with one of our specialist medical negligence lawyers if you consider that you may have a Skin Cancer Negligence Claim.

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm, so please get in touch if you or a loved one have been affected by a late or missed diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. Our team will be happy to talk you through the process of filing a compensation claim. There is no obligation to you for any charges for our initial assessment.

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for any form of Medical Negligence Claim, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on your team. Lanyon Bowdler’s Medical Negligence team is widely acclaimed and recognised as one of the best clinical negligence departments in the country.

We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes and help to get your life back on track. Our team can work on No Win No Fee agreements, to ensure you don’t incur any additional costs to begin your compensation claim for misdiagnosis of cancer.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England or Wales.

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Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

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