Sinonasal cancer is a ticking time bomb! Due to the rarity of Sinonasal cancer, when it does occur it is commonly misdiagnosed as a sinus infection. As with any cancer, an early and accurate diagnosis of Sinonasal cancer is imperative to having a positive prognosis. Delayed diagnosis significantly reduces a patient’s chances of survival.
In the mid-1960s, health experts found a link between the onset of nasal cancer and industrial exposure to wood dust particles—particularly hard wood dust particles. Scientists have also linked nasal cancer with exposure to metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and nickel. Woodworkers or workers exposed to these metals who experience any symptoms of nasal cancer should seek immediate medical attention. The disease can progress quickly and aggressively and an early nasal cancer diagnosis is the key to a good prognosis.
If you or a loved one has a history of occupational wood dust exposure and has been diagnosed with nasal cancer, it is in your best interest to discuss your legal rights and options with a qualified personal injury attorney. Please contact Allen Stewart, P.C. for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and provide honest legal advice.
Methods of Nasal Cancer Diagnosis
The first step in the process of a nasal cancer diagnosis is a complete physical and medical history evaluation of a patient experiencing nasal obstructions, intermittent bleeding, upper tooth pain, and other symptoms of Sinonasal cancer. A doctor may also conduct one or more of the following diagnostic tests to determine the location and stage of the cancer:
- Biopsy – The most conclusive nasal cancer diagnosis method. This test involves examining a small sample of nasal tissue under a microscope to detect suspicious cell activity.
- Endoscopy – A non-invasive surgical procedure that involves inserting a tiny tube into a patient’s sinonasal cavity to look for any lesions and/or tumors.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging – An MRI test utilizes a computer magnet that takes pictures of the inside of a patient’s nose to identify nasal tumors.
- Computer Tomography (CT) Scan – This test is used to determine the location and progression of the disease by providing detailed images of the nasal cavity.
- Chest X-Rays – Usually taken to determine if the nasal cancer has metastasized to the lungs or other organs.
Your Legal Rights
Patients who have been diagnosed with nasal cancer that is suspected to be a consequence of wood dust exposure have the legal right to take action against the person or entity responsible for their losses.
Recoverable damages may include medical expenses, lost income and earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced personal injury lawyer at Allen Stewart, P.C. can help protect your legal rights and make sure you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Please contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.