Researchers announced today that new cancer diagnoses in Central New York, and around the county, will increase by 45% over the next twenty years to 2,300,000 new cases of cancer per year.
Many of the new cases will be diagnosed in the elderly and minorities. Data suggests a doubling of cancer in non-whites by 2030, to 660,000 cases per year. Cancers expected to increase are liver, stomach and pancreas. These cancers are particularly deadly as they advance quickly and where not diagnosed early, they can be fatal.
At the present time, the Central New York healthcare infrastructure, including cancer treatment centers located within Syracuse, Utica, Cortland, Ithaca, Oswego, Watertown, Auburn and Herkimer, are not equipped to accommodate the surge in cancer diagnoses, especially given the fact that 40% of cancer specialists in Onondaga County, and the greater United States, are over the age of 55. With the expected increase in cancer diagnoses and the apparent shortage of oncologists, the population is at risk for inadequate medical care, including medical malpractice stemming from a complete failure to diagnose cancer, failure to timely diagnose cancer, or failure to properly treat cancer once diagnosed.
Cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation, chemoradiation, radio-ablation, and surgical resection, costs more than $75,000,000,000.00 each year (more than 5% of U.S. spending for all medical care). Cancer remains the number two killer of Americans.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases, including those arising out of the failure of a doctor or hospital to diagnose cancer. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and hospital negligence attorney, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.