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Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer

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As summer approaches remember that with increased outside activity comes the risk of skin cancer as a result of too much sun. Failure to diagnose skin cancer can lead too serious health problems and ultimately result in death. Recently a jury in California, found a dermatologist negligent for failing to biopsy a cyst. The patient’s cyst later metastasized into cancer resulting in numerous surgeries and 24 hour around the clock care. As a result of the horrendous affect on the patient’s life, the jury awarded $5.7 million to the patient and his wife.