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How is cancer diagnosed?

Some New York residents might not be aware that there are many illnesses or conditions that may cause internal body tissue to experience abnormal hypertrophy. This may result in tumors, which have the potential to seriously jeopardize the health of the person they inhabit. Furthermore, New York residents might not be aware of how cancer is diagnosed.

Most cancer diagnoses are made by visual inspection via microscope of the abnormal cells. The cells derive from those suspect growths known as tumors. Tumors may be detected by somatic inspection, radiology or other methods. Once they have been found, tumors are sampled in what is known as a biopsy.

It is essential to differentiate between benign and malignant tumors. A malignant tumor can infect surrounding tissue and spread to other parts of the body, whereas a benign tumor cannot. If malignant tumors, or cancers, are not treated accurately and appropriately, the patient's life may be at risk. Although microscopic inspection of the cell specimen may be sufficient to reveal whether the tumor is cancerous, there are a battery of tests that can be applied for more specific diagnoses as well as possible treatment options. It is important that the testing be carried out in a timely manner, as cancer may be a progressive disease.

People who have experienced injuries or illnesses stemming from a medical professional's diagnostic error or failure to perform a timely biopsy may wish to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. The lawyer may advise victims regarding potential legal remedies for the harm they have suffered. In the event that a lawsuit proves to be not merely warranted but also successful, victims might be awarded financial compensation for pecuniary damages related to their injuries or illness.

Source: Cancer.org, "How is cancer diagnosed?", October 01, 2014

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