Oral cancer: Why early diagnosis is your dentist’s responsibility

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

The Oral Cancer Foundation projects that oral cancer will kill over 9,750 people per year, with one person dying from oral cancer every hour of the day. According to Northeast Delta Dental, oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, not because it is the most painful, but because it is often diagnosed too late. Dentists often realize their patient has oral cancer only after it has spread to the surrounding areas.

In light of this, the easiest and most effective way to treat oral cancer is after early detection. And according to the accepted dental standard of care, your dentist should be able to recognize the symptoms of oral cancer. Successful cancer treatment could depend on their expertise and training in the dental field.

Unfortunately, negligent dentists have misdiagnosed oral cancer, betraying their patients’ trust. In past dental malpractice cases, dentists have failed to notice oral cancer by not performing necessary x-rays and not doing biopsies after seeing warning signs. Your dentist is the first line of defense between you and oral cancer. When your life could depend on their services, there is no room for careless, haphazard treatment.

If you are a victim of misdiagnosed oral cancer, you deserve to be compensated for your damages. Attorney Dane Levy is an OC dental malpractice lawyer with years of experience winning high-profile cases. He’ll use his USC Dental School education to make sure you win your case in court. Contact the Levy Law Firm today for more information.