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Pros and cons of visual skin cancer exams in Ohio

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 74,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, and at least 9,900 Americans will die from the disease. One way to diagnose melanoma as well as other nonfatal skin cancers could be to conduct a full-body examination. However, research indicates that there may be no link between such an examination and a reduction in the mortality or morbidity rate from skin cancer.

In fact, it was determined that it was possible to misdiagnose or overdiagnose skin cancer after conducting a full-body visual examination. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says that physicians should advise their patients to avoid exposure to UV rays and to limit the amount of time spent outside between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is highest in the sky.

If a doctor fails to make the proper diagnosis of an injury or illness, that may constitute medical malpractice. Malpractice may also occur if a doctor makes the correct diagnosis but fails to do so in a timely manner. A patient may be able to take legal action to obtain compensation for any medical bills incurred or other damages related to the incorrect diagnosis.

For instance, if an individual was misdiagnosed or undiagnosed with skin cancer, a medical professional may be liable for injury and emotional distress. It is possible that a lawyer might be able to review the case to determine what type of compensation an individual may be entitled to, and legal counsel may pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are a separate award that holds an irresponsible party responsible for negligence in general.

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