Early stages of oral cancer may go unnoticed and are usually manifested by subtle signs such as a mouth lesion, a reddish or whitish patch along the inside lining of the mouth, thickened skin, or a lump that may resemble a canker sore. Because early signs of oral cancer are oftentimes unassuming, it is the duty of a dental care professional to conduct tests to promptly detect oral cancer. However, there are instances when medical professionals lack the initiative to perform diagnostic tests, which results in late detection.
After discovering any abnormality in the areas of the mouth and the lips, a doctor or a dental professional might obtain a sample of the tissue to analyze for any cancerous or precancerous change. Once oral cancer is diagnosed, different tests might be conducted to see if the cancer already affected other body parts. These tests may include endoscopy, and imaging tests, such as computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-rays.
If a negligent dental care practitioner has caused you to suffer from the repercussions brought about by a late oral cancer diagnosis, our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are here to help. Call our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about taking legal action against the parties involved.