Esophageal cancer, or cancer that occurs in the esophagus, usually starts in the cells that line the interior of the esophagus. Men are more susceptible to this type of cancer than women. Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common reason for cancer deaths around the world. In some parts of the world, higher rates of esophageal cancer occur due to the use of alcohol and tobacco, as well as obesity and specific dietary habits. If you live in West Virginia and received a misdiagnosis pertaining to esophageal cancer, these factors can help you determine if you have a medical malpractice case.
Chronic irritation in the esophagus could create a higher risk of esophageal cancer. Factors that can lead to cell irritation include smoking, having excess bile which leads to reflux, heavy alcohol consumption, obesity, difficulty swallowing, a lack of fruits or vegetables in your diet, or constantly drinking very hot liquids. Individuals who have previously undergone radiation treatment in the upper abdomen or chest are also at a higher risk for developing esophageal cancer. If you made these symptoms known to your physician and didn’t receive treatment, you may be able to file a medical malpractice case.
When to see your doctor
If any of these symptoms are persistent, you should notify your doctor right away and schedule an evaluation. If you have Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition brought on by chronic acid reflux, you are more likely to develop esophageal cancer. Screening is an option if you have Barrett’s esophagus. If your doctor fails to discuss the pros and cons of screening or doesn’t ask you if you’d like a screening, you may be eligible for medical malpractice compensation.
Speak with a medical malpractice attorney to see if you are entitled to compensation.