People who have cancer often suffer from a lot of pain and other effects due to the nature of the disease. Early detection and swift treatment are two priorities when it comes to cancer.
When this condition isn’t detected early and when treatment is delayed for any reason, the patient can end up in a much worse spot. In some cases, these delays can turn a treatable cancer into one that can’t be treated.
There isn’t any reason in the United States for individuals to not get the care they need if they think they have cancer or have been diagnosed. Sadly, the cost is sometimes prohibitive, especially since many medical centers place an emphasis on money instead of patients.
Failing to act is deadly
Cancer is the cause of one out of every six deaths worldwide. The rate of cancer is expected to climb steadily. Now, more than 14 million people are diagnosed each year. By 2030, that figure is expected to increase to 21 million people annually.
One of the reasons for this is that cancer can spread and worsen. The more it spreads, the more difficult it is to treat. Additionally, the cost of treating more advanced cancer is more expensive than treating cancer that is caught early.
No excuse in the United States
An interesting point to note is that the services required to diagnose cancer are readily available in the U.S., which is considered a high-income country. Pathology services, oncologists and comprehensive screen programs can be found in most major cities in the country, as well as in some other areas.
Even treatment options in this country are plentiful. There are centers dedicated specifically to cancer care, as well as other treatment locations that are readily accessible for almost every American.
Keeping cancer under control in this country requires a comprehensive plan. This starts with prevention and screenings, early diagnosis, cutting edge treatments, palliative care and help for survivors.
Patients who haven’t received proper care for cancer might suffer emotionally, physically and financially. In some cases, such as when a failed diagnosis or misdiagnosis contributed to the problem, the patient may choose to pursue a medical malpractice claim to recover financial costs.