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Prostate Cancer Lawsuits In Illinois

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Prostate cancer is a very common type of cancer that happens in the prostate, which is only found in men. The prostate is a small gland that looks like a walnut and makes fluid that helps sperm move.

Chances are, you know someone who has had or has prostate cancer.  As it is so common, doctors are expected to be on the lookout for it. Some prostate cancers grow slowly and stay in the prostate without causing much trouble. But others are faster and can spread quickly. It’s really important to find it early because treatment works best when it’s still only in the prostate. When that happens the survival rate is really high.

Doctors should offer prostate cancer screenings to men starting at age 50. But if you’re more likely to get it, like if it runs in your family, you might need to start earlier. Usually, getting checked every 2-3 years is usually enough, but your doctor might say differently depending on your first screening.

Doctors use two tests to find prostate cancer. They’re both simple and can be done during a regular visit to the doctor’s office.

One is the PSA test, which checks a protein in your blood. It’s usually high if there’s a problem with your prostate. Your blood test should produce a PSA number. If that number is over 10 there is a greater than 50% chance you have cancer. But sometimes, even if it’s normal, you might still need another test called a digital rectal exam (DRE). During this exam, the doctor checks the size, texture, and shape of your prostate gland by feeling it with their finger. Experienced doctors can usually tell if you likely have cancer based on this exam.

Usually, finding and treating prostate cancer goes well. But sometimes, doctors make mistakes. These can lead to problems like more invasive and aggressive treatments, years of unnecessary pain, or even death. We’ve been involved in many medical malpractice lawsuits where doctors should have caught the cancer earlier and didn’t. This can be from not doing a PSA test, to ignoring what the numbers say to even simply failing to follow up with the patient to alert them about their test results.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a delay in finding prostate cancer, we have a track record of success in helping people. Please contact us any time to have a free consultation with an attorney to learn more about your options or to see if there’s even a case worth pursuing.