A woman has filed a lawsuit claiming a Chicago dermatologist failed to diagnose her skin cancer in a timely manner. The woman filed the lawsuit against the doctor and Northwestern Hospital, Northwestern Medical Group, and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. The lawsuit states that the woman went to the doctor because of a skin abnormality and was treated between August 2010 and May 2013. According to the complaint the doctor failed to do a biopsy of the area and therefore did not provide the proper course of treatment. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
Skin Cancer is Dangerous
According to the CDC, melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer and it can be deadly. More than 9,000 people each year die from melanoma in the United States. If promptly diagnosed, skin cancer can be treated and can often be removed before it causes damage or spreads. In this case, the woman’s skin cancer went undiagnosed for nearly three years. Had it been correctly diagnosed when she first visited the doctor it would have been in the early stages. Treatment is most successful when cancer is discovered early. The doctor in this case was negligent in the failure to order testing that would have diagnosed cancer.