The word cancer often makes people think of a typically fatal disease that can end your life far before you expected to pass away. However, though any type of cancer can prove deadly, there are certainly some types that pose a far greater risk than others.
That's part of the reason it is so problematic when a medical professional makes a mistake and misdiagnoses this disease. A mistake or a delayed diagnosis can prove fatal. You need treatment, and you need it right away. Anything that hampers that process is problematic, and it may be a serious type of medical malpractice if the doctor was negligent.
To help shed some light on the issue, here are the 10 types of cancer that take the most lives:
- Lung cancer and bronchial cancer
- Rectal cancer and colon cancer
- Breast cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Intrahepatic bile duct cancer and liver cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Esophageal cancer
One problem with a cancer diagnosis is that many symptoms are not clearly cancer from the very beginning. You may feel fatigued or have trouble breathing or lose weight. These are common symptoms for certain types of cancer, but they could also indicate that you have a sleep disorder, a respiratory disease or a gastronomical issue.
You must have a medical professional who is not negligent, who puts your best interests first and who knows how to sort through all of this and offer you proper care. If this does not happen to you or if you lose a loved one in a similar scenario, make sure you know what legal steps you can take.