According to specialist cancer hospital, The Royal Marsden, around 15,400 people are diagnosed with melanoma in the UK each year, with the number of people being diagnosed with melanoma increasing by almost half in the last 10 years. Melanoma is a type of a skin cancer and is the 5th most common cancer in the UK, becoming more common with age. A late diagnosis of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, can have devastating consequences.
It has been reported this week that thousands of patients may receive an earlier diagnosis of skin cancer thanks to a new smartphone camera lens which can take detailed images of moles, lesions and other skin problems.
This digital technology is already being used by a small number of NHS Trusts in England, and it is reported that early signs are positive so much so that the “teledermatology” service is shortly to be rolled out across all areas of England in the hope that it will double the number of patients a dermatologist can assess in a day.
The NHS is also trialling artificial intelligence (AI) tools to assess the presence of skin cancer. The AI technology is being used alongside the assessment of doctors to see if it comes to the same conclusions. It uses algorithms to analyse specialist magnified images of skin lesions to determine whether the patient has cancer.
Such advances in technology have the potential to make a big difference in the timely diagnosis of skin cancers. It is paramount that patients with skin cancer are diagnosed at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure the best possible outcome. Sadly, delays in diagnosis of skin cancer can and do occur. Our specialist solicitors have experience in acting for clients who have unfortunately received a late diagnosis, successfully negotiating compensation settlements.
If you have experienced a delay in diagnosis of cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us on 0344 7768328 to explore a possible claim for compensation on a No Win No Fee Agreement. RHL Solicitors’s specialist medical negligence solicitors act for the victims of medical negligence, conducting thorough and rigorous clinical negligence investigations with the intention of establishing liability and recovering compensation. The expert reports we disclose to the Defendant during the claim process can also help to make a difference and to improve future care.