No Answers Found in Ohio Child Cancer Study in Sandusky County

A study of the abnormally high rate of cancer among children in the town of Clyde, Ohio and eastern Sandusky County failed to turn up answers, according to state health officials.

The Associated Press reported that the study focused on the area where 35 children were diagnosed with various forms of cancer in recent years. Researchers didn't find dangerously high levels of radiation from a nearby nuclear plant in Oak Harbor or the former nuclear reactor near Sandusky. Nor were high radiation levels detected at other industrial sites, schools or homes, officials said.

The mother of an 11-year-old girl who died of cancer told Toledo's Blade newspaper that families of cancer-stricken children don't believe the state can't uncover the truth. "I think they just want us to stop," she said. "We're not going to stop."

Accurate Diagnosis is Key

No matter what the cause of the cancers in Sandusky County, health experts agree that effective treatment of the disease begins with timely diagnosis.

Early diagnosis is crucial in a wide variety of common forms of cancer, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Bladder cancer

Markers Point the Way

According to the National Cancer Institute, our bodies generate substances known as tumor markers in response to the presence of cancer, cancerous conditions and some noncancerous circumstances. The markers can be found in blood, urine, tumor tissue and in other tissues.

Different cancers have different tumor markers.

Tumor markers help point physicians and other health care personnel toward detection, diagnosis and treatment of various types of cancer. The National Cancer Institute is quick to point out that abnormal levels of tumor markers aren't typically enough to confirm the presence of cancer. Other measurements and tests are required, including biopsies and imaging.

Any delay in diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, can allow the cancer to advance from an early stage to a later, riskier, more difficult to treat stage.

Failure to Provide Care

The consequences for someone whose cancer diagnosis was delayed due to doctor or hospital negligence can be devastating, of course. Treatments may be significantly more expensive, arduous and dangerous.

Anyone who has suffered because of a physician's negligence or hospital's neglect understands the frustration of feelings of helplessness. The good news to be found in these difficult circumstances is that you're not helpless. You can fight back.

In the Columbus, Ohio area, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to discuss the facts of your case. A medical malpractice lawyer will advise you of your legal options and help you pursue full compensation for injuries you have unnecessarily suffered.