Prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men in the UK, is when a malignant tumour starts to grow within the prostate gland. Over 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed annually, and approximately 250,000 men currently have the disease. The chances of developing prostate cancer do increase with age and subsequently, the majority of men diagnosed with it are therefore over 50. Approximately 10,000 men die as a result of prostate cancer each year, which unfortunately makes it the second most common cause of male cancer deaths.
Due to the location within the body of the prostate gland, it is often necessary for a number of tests to be conducted in order to confirm whether prostate cancer is present. The most common test for prostate cancer, a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test, is where the levels of PSA are measured, which can help to detect the disease in its infancy. A PSA blood test is also used to detect other non-cancerous conditions too, therefore may not be the most accurate and reliable test to determine prostate cancer on its own. Other routine tests for prostate cancer include both a physical examination of the prostate, known as a digital rectal examination, and a biopsy.
If caught early, prostate cancer can be cured. It is generally a very slow growing cancer and many men manage to live successfully with prostate cancer for a number of years without having any symptoms and not requiring treatment. There are unfortunately a minority of men diagnosed with prostate cancer that do have an aggressive form of the disease and require treatment. Treatment options can include surgery, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.
Misdiagnosis of Prostate Cancer
If you or a loved one has prostate cancer that was previously misdiagnosed, then do not hesitate to contact our caring and compassionate experts at Lloyd Green Solicitors. We can help determine whether you have a potential clinical negligence claim against the medical professional or hospital concerned. If you do have a clinical negligence claim for the misdiagnosis of prostate cancer, Lloyd Green Solicitors will act for you on a no win, no fee basis, which could see you awarded a substantial sum of money as compensation for your situation.