According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 28,660 men died of prostate cancer during 2008 and more than 186,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed each year.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American men, after skin cancer. Some studies have shown that, by age 80, seven to nine out of ten men in this country will have prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is typically a slow-growing cancer affecting men aged 50 or over.
To Test or Not to Test?
A test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood has been used as a screening test for prostate cancer since the early 1990s. However, results of two large studies show no difference in the life expectancy of men who received regular PSA tests and those who did not.
Still, the American Cancer Society recommends regular testing of men who are at high risk of developing prostate cancer. Men at high risk include African-American men and men who have a close relative (father, brother or son) who had prostate cancer before age 65.
Failure to Diagnose and Treat Prostate Cancer
The attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, represent men whose doctors misdiagnosed prostate cancer or failed to diagnose it in a timely manner. We also represent clients who were improperly treated for prostate cancer. In either case, these men were seriously harmed because of the negligence of a medical professional, whether it was a primary care physician who ignored the symptoms of prostate cancer or a radiologist who misread a test or made errors in radiological therapy.
If you believe that medical malpractice was involved in your case, please contact us to arrange a free consultation. From offices in Bridgeport, Danbury and New Haven, Connecticut, our medical malpractice lawyers represent clients throughout the state.