Skin Cancer Claims

Skin Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world. In the UK, over 145,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed every single year. If you have been misdiagnoses, leading to you to suffer or your condition to worsen then you could be entitled to claim.

In the UK, over 1450,000 people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer. It is more common in the elderly and is found to be more frequent in males. The cancers normally appear as red, firm lumps that sit on our skin and can turn into ulcers, while cancerous patches are normally flat and scaly.

If you’ve been to see a medical professional about what you suspect to be a cancerous lump but have been told you’re ok, only to later be told that it was in fact cancerous the impact on you and your family can be great and the delay in treatment can cause your condition to worsen.

If this has happened to you or a loved one and you’d like to speak to a lawyer about making a medical negligence claim, feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are more than happy to answer your queries and assist you with your matter should you choose to instruct us.

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A bit about skin cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world. The term non-melanoma distinguishes the more common types of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which can be more serious.

There are two main types of skin cancer:

basal cell carcinoma
About 70% of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, or BCC. Usually, BCCs are very slow-growing and don’t spread to other parts of the body. If they are treated early, most BCCs are completely cured.

These normally appear as small, shiny pink or pearly-white lumps with a translucent or waxy look. The lump will slowly get larger and may become crusty, bleed or develop into a painless ulcer.

squamous cell carcinoma
The second most common type of skin cancer in the UK is squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC. Most people with SCC can be cured with simple treatment. Usually, SCCs are slow-growing and don’t spread to other parts of the body.

These are often a small firm lump with a rough or crusty surface. These tend to feel tender to the touch, unlike the basal cell carcinoma and they may bleed easily. In som cases, the lump may eve a spiky horn that forms on top of the lumps.

Diagnosis & Treatment

If you have any of these symptoms you should visit your local GP as quickly as possible. A GP can examine your skin and the lumps for signs of skin cancer and if they believe they may be cancerous they will refer you to a skin specialist (dermatologist) or a specialist plastic surgeon if they’re unsure or suspect skin cancer.

If you are found to have non-melanoma skin cancer, the most common treatment type is surgery to remove these from the surface of you skin. Other treatments include freezing, creams and radiotherapy. Which treatment you have will depend on the severity and size of your cancers but the treatments are often successful.

Negligence

If you have visit a GP or even a skin specialist and they have told you that you are clear, only for this to be proved incorrect then you may be able to claim for negligence if you have suffered as a result of the misdiagnosis.

You may also be able to claim if harsher treatments were used than you required, leaving you to suffer as a result. If you think you might have a claim and you’d like to speak with a lawyer then get in touch with us by filling out a contact form or calling the number on this page.

No Win No Fee

Youngs Law offer no win, no fee for all of our medical negligence claims, so if you don’t win your case and receive compensation, you don’t pay us a penny. We will also wait for any fee to be paid to us when you receive you compensation and not upon winning you case.

If you think you may have a medical negligence claim involving genetics, contact us today.

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